Large scale yellow fever vaccination program announced in Bahia, Brazil

The death of 6 monkeys due to jungle (sylvatic) yellow fever, coupled with concern over the spread of yellow fever in the state of Minas Gerais, has prompted health authorities in the state of Bahia to vaccinate 100% of the residents of 45 cities as a preventive measure.

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Advice For Travellers

Although the risk of exposure to yellow fever virus is generally low, unvaccinated travellers have a higher risk of infection. If travelling to Bahia, travellers should minimize any risk by obtaining a yellow fever vaccination 10 days before travelling. In addition, travellers should take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Travellers are reminded that many other countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival for all travellers equal to or greater than 9-12 months of age arriving from a country where there is a risk of yellow fever.

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