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Yellow Fever in Gambia and Senegal

26 Nov 2018

The Centre for Tropical & Travel Medicine in Amsterdam reports via mediathat a patient in the Netherlands is being treated for yellow fever after travel to Gambia and Senegal.

The patient reported travelling to the Gambian coastal region, Mansa Konko (14 days) and the Niokolo Park game reserve in Senegal (3 days). It is not known where the patient became infected.

Advice to travellers

While yellow fever is rarely seen in people in Gambia and Senegal, there remains a risk of transmission in both countries.

Yellow fever is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes that bite most often in daylight. Mosquito bite avoidance is advised at all times.

Yellow fever vaccination is advised for travellers to Gambia and/or Senegal.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 9 months of age arriving in Gambia and/or Senegal from countries where is a risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

For further information see Yellow Fever.