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Yellow fever in Nigeria

22 Sep 2021

The World Health Organization reports there have been 1 082 suspected cases of yellow fever in Nigeria between 1 January 2021 and 31 July 2021. The disease continues to be transmitted in 37 states including the Federal Capital Territory.

Yellow fever is widespread in tropical Africa and is transmitted by day-biting mosquitoes.

Advice to travellers

Yellow fever is a disease that is transmitted by infected mosquitoes that bite during the day. The most common symptoms are fever, muscle pain with prominent backache, headache, loss of appetite, and nausea or vomiting. A small proportion of people that become infected can become severely unwell and die.


If you are visiting an area where yellow fever is present you should:

A yellow fever vaccine is available to protect you against yellow fever. Vaccination is recommended if you are visiting areas where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission. The vaccine is only available at designated yellow fever centres.

Please see the fitfortravel Yellow Fever page for more information.