National Services Scotland logo

Fit for Travel Logo

Information on how to stay safe and healthy abroad. About us.

Yellow Fever in Nigeria (Update 1)

27 Nov 2017

On 17 November 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Linkreported 179 suspected cases of yellow fever (including 24 deaths) in Nigeria from 7 September to 7 November 2017. Of these cases, 15 are laboratory confirmed. Cases have been reported from Abia, Borno, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Plateau and Zamfara states.

Advice for Travellers

There is a risk of yellow fever in Nigeria. Yellow fever is spread by the bite of an infected, day-biting Aedes mosquito. Insect bites should be avoided. The disease is mainly found in rural areas of affected countries but outbreaks in urban areas do occur. Vaccination is usually recommended.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

For further information see Yellow Fever.