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Yellow fever in Nigeria (Update 4)

03 Jan 2018

On 29 December 2017 the World Health Organisation (WHO)Link reported continuing transmission of yellow fever in Nigeria.

As of 19 December 2017, 341 cases (of which 32 are laboratory confirmed) have been reported from sixteen states: Abia, Borno, Kogi, Kwara, Kebbi, Plateau, Zamfara, Enugu, Oyo, Anambra, Edo, Lagos, Kano, Nasarawa, Katsina and Niger.

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.