Yellow fever appears in Namibia

Based on positive preliminary lab tests, a person infected with yellow fever has been reported in Namibia. The person was diagnosed at the Engela district hospital in the Ohangwena region. This person became infected during his visit to Angola (Lubango) where there is a major epidemic of this disease. It remains to be seen if this case will initiate a new outbreak in this country.

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Advice For Travellers

At present the risk of exposure for travellers to Namibia is low, but it may increase if the disease spreads. 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.