Yellow fever cases increase in Brazil - update
As the yellow fever outbreak increases and spreads in Brazil, the national Ministry of Health has declared a health emergency for 63 cities in the state of Minas Gerais and 1 city in the state of Espirito Santo. So far this year, health authorities have registered a of total of 1,286 possible cases. One-third of the patients with positive laboratory tests for this infection have died. Federal officials are sending extra doses of yellow fever vaccines to the affected area to ensure that tourists and local people attending Carnival festivities do not become infected. In addition to the states of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, the state of São Paulo has also reported sporadic cases. The majority of the cases continue to occur in Minas Gerais.
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.