Yellow fever cases and deaths in Minas Gerais, Brazil

Health authorities have reported 12 cases and 5 deaths possibly due to yellow fever in 6 cities in the state. The affected cities include Ladainha, Malacacheta, Frei Gaspar, Caratinga, Piedade de Caratinga y Imbé de Minas. Laboratory tests are in progress to confirm the diagnosis. Field investigations are underway to determine if the infections are due to the jungle (sylvatic)strain of yellow fever.

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Advice For Travellers

At this point, it is difficult to determine if there might be urban transmission of this virus. Nevertheless, health authorities are recommending mass vaccination against yellow fever for the 6 affected municipalities and the entire state.

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.