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Yellow fever in Brazil (Update 4)

24 Feb 2017

The Ministry of Health in Brazil reports that cases of yellow fever continue to be notified during the recent outbreak that began in December 2016. As of 22 February 2017 1336 suspected cases have been notified from the following States: Tocantins, Bahia, Rio Grande do Norte, Espirito Santo, Minas Geriais and Sao Paulo.

263 confirmed cases have been reported from Espirito Santo, Minas Geriais and Sao Paulo.

During January and February, the Ministry of Health distributed over 12 million doses of Yellow fever vaccine to the states of Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, São Paulo, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro as part of a selective vaccination strategy.

Advice to travellers

A traveller's risk of yellow fever is determined by their general risk assessment e.g. country visited, length of stay, city or rural, activities etc.

Mosquito bite avoidance rules should be adhered to - the mosquito that spreads yellow fever bites predominantly during the day.

Yellow fever vaccine should be considered for travellers including travellers visiting extended areas of risk (unless contraindicated). For an updated risk map please click here