Yellow fever outbreak in Kenya (Isiolo and Garissa Counties) - update 2
11 Aug 2022
According to the Kenyan Ministry of Health, cases of yellow fever in Kenya continue to be reported. This year, up to the 23 July 2022, there have been 111 cases including 12 deaths from yellow fever. The majority of cases (71) have been reported from Isiolo County (to the North of Nairobi).
The Kenyan Government have begun a yellow fever vaccination campaign in Isiolo County and neighbouring Garissa County in an attempt to prevent further cases of yellow fever.
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