Yellow fever in 3 countries in South America

Three countries, Brazil, Colombia and Peru, are reporting sporadic cases of jungle (sylvatic) yellow fever.

  • Brazil - 1 case in Bady Bassit in São Paulo state and 1 case in the state of Goiás.
  • Colombia - a total of 12 infected people in the departments of Antioquia, Amazonas, Meta, Vaupés, and Vichada; 5 infected people died.
  • Peru - a total of 75 cases reported by 9 departments; Junin department is most affected.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk for exposure to yellow fever for the general traveller in these countries is very low, unless activities such as trekking, ecotourism and adventure travel bring the traveller into areas where the virus is circulating in the local monkey population. Travellers to tropical forests and jungles 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.