National Services Scotland logo


Travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK

Yellow Fever in the Americas (Brazil) (Columbia) (Peru) (Update)

06 Feb 2017

On the 2 February 2017 the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) published an epidemiological update on Yellow Fever (YF) virus in the AmericasLink                        

In 2017, as of 2 February Brazil has confirmed YF cases, whereas Colombia and Peru have only reported probable cases.

In Brazil, 901 cases of YF have been reported between 1 December 2016 and 2 February 2017, of which 151 have been confirmed, 42 discarded, and 708 suspected cases remain under investigation. These figures include 143 deaths, of which 54 were confirmed cases, 3 discarded, and 86 are still under investigation.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) have created a map of newly defined areas at risk for YF transmission in Brazil, to access please click hereLink

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 at risk.