Yellow fever in Africa
06 Jan 2023
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports continued transmission of yellow fever in Africa.
From 1 January 2021 to 7 December 2022, 455 cases with 40 deaths were reported to WHO from 13 countries.
The affected countries are:
Cameroon: 54 cases
Central African Republic: 29 cases (4 deaths)
Chad: 61 cases (7 deaths)
Cote d'Ivoire: 33 cases
Republic of the Congo: 71 cases
Democratic Republic of the Congo: 16 (1 death)
Gabon: 1 case
Ghana: 137 cases (21 deaths)
Kenya: 13 cases (5 deaths)
Niger: 6 cases (2 deaths)
Nigeria: 31 cases
Sierra Leone: 1 case
Uganda: 2 cases
Yellow fever is a disease that is transmitted by infected mosquitoes that bite during the day. The most common symptoms are fever, muscle pain with prominent obvious backache, headache, loss of appetite, and feeling or being sick (nausea or vomiting). A small proportion of people that become infected can become severely unwell and die.
Advice to travellers
If you are visiting an area where yellow fever is present you should:
- use personal protective measures to avoid mosquito bites at all times
A yellow fever vaccine is available to protect you against yellow fever. Vaccination is recommended if you are visiting areas where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission. The vaccine is only available at designated yellow fever centres.
- Locate your nearest yellow fever vaccination centre in Scotland
- Locate your nearest yellow fever vaccination centre in England, Wales and Northern Ireland