Yellow fever outbreak in Minas Gerais, Brazil, is worst in state's history

The outbreak of yellow fever caused by the sylvatic (jungle) strain of the virus has extended and is now the worst in the history of the state of Minas Gerais. So far, as many as 115 people may have died from this infection, and 391 possible cases have been recorded. All of the deaths have occurred in the valleys of the Doce and Mucuri Rivers. There are no reports of transmission in major urban areas.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk for an unvaccinated traveller may be high in the affected areas. 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.