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Yellow Fever in Brazil (Update 1)

03 Jun 2019

According to the Brazilian Ministry of Healththere have been 81 cases of yellow fever, including 14 deaths in the country between 01 January 2019 and 14 May 2019. Most cases have been confirmed in São Paulo (68), with Paraná (12) and Santa Catarina (1) also reporting cases.

Nearly all of Brazil is at risk of yellow fever transmission.

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 advised for all of Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul.

  • The most recent yellow fever risk map of Brazil is shown here

  • A traveller's risk of yellow fever is determined by their general risk asessment 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.