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Yellow fever in Cameroon, Central African Republic and Senegal

31 Jan 2024

The World Health Organization reports continued transmission of yellow fever in three African countries.

Cameroon: from 22 January 2023 to 18 November 2023, 48 cases of yellow fever were reported from the Centre, Littoral, South, West, East, North-West, South-West, North, Adamaoua and Far-North regions.

Central African Republic: from 1 January 2023 to 26 November 2023, 5 cases of yellow fever were recorded from Sangha-Mbaéré (1), Berbérati (1), Bambari (2), and Bossembélé (1) districts.

Senegal: On 27 December 2023, the Institut Pasteur de Dakar (IPD) there were 2 cases of yellow fever in Saraya and Kédougou districts.

Yellow fever is a disease 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:

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.

South Sudan requires a yellow fever vaccination certificate for all travellers aged 9 months and older. 

Detailed guidance can be found on fitfortravel advice page on Yellow Fever.