Yellow fever in Uganda (Masaka and Wakiso districts)
30 Mar 2022
The World Health Organisation reports an outbreak of yellow fever in Uganda. As of 16 March 2022, 8 yellow fever cases have been reported from Masaka and Wakiso districts.
Masaka District is on the north-western shore of Lake Victoria. Wakiso District is on the western boundary of Kampala, the capital city.
Yellow fever is a viral disease that is transmitted by infected mosquitoes that bite during the day. The most common symptoms are fever, muscle pain with obvious backache, headache, loss of appetite, and feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting). A small proportion of people who become infected can become severely unwell and die.
Advice to travellers
If you are visiting an area where yellow fever is present you should:
- use personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites at all times
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.
- Locate your nearest yellow fever vaccination centre in Scotland
- Locate your nearest yellow fever vaccination centre in England, Wales and Northern Ireland