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Yellow Fever in Brazil

31 Jan 2019

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO)  reports 12 cases of yellow fever (including 6 deaths) between December 2018 and 25 January 2019 from the southern part of São Paulo State. Most of these cases are people working in rural areas. these confirmed cases, 83% are rural workers. Yellow fever has also been identified in dead monkeys found in Antonina, Paraná State.

Advice to travellers

  • There is a widespread risk of yellow fever in Brazil.

  • The World Health Organisation recommends yellow fever vaccine for travellers to areas at risk of yellow fever (including all of São Paulo State and São Paulo City) unless contraindicated. Vaccination is also advised for all of of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

  • The most recent yellow fever risk map of Brazil is shown hereNote that the entire risk areas of of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul are not yet shown.

  • 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.

  • 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 at all times - the mosquito that spreads yellow fever bites predominantly during the day.

For further information see Yellow Fever.