More states in Brazil report yellow fever cases

People infected with jungle (sylvatic) yellow fever virus have now been reported from the states of Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Bahia, São Paulo, Goiás and Mato Grosso do Sul. However, Minas Gerais continues to reported the highest number of possible cases. A total of 550 suspected yellow fever cases and 105 deaths are being investigated. There is still no report of any urban spread. Major immunization programs are underway in the affected areas.

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Advice For Travellers

While the risk for the general traveller is low, unvaccinated persons in the affected areas may be at high risk. Travellers to areas where there is a risk of exposure to yellow fever can reduce that 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.