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A deadly yellow fever outbreak in Brazil has travelers on alert
Health officials are urging travelers headed to Brazil to get yellow fever vaccinations due to a recent deadly outbreak of the virus.
The US Embassy and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health alert on Wednesday for travelers visiting the cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and the Brazilian states of Espírito Santo and Bahia.
“Anyone 9 months or older who travels to or lives in these areas should be vaccinated against yellow fever,” the CDC alert said.
Yellow fever is a potentially deadly viral hemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes and its vaccine provides up to 99% lifetime immunity.
Brazil has seen several outbreaks of yellow fever since the beginning of 2017 but the country’s government had said the virus stopped spreading in September, according to the World Health Organization.
The current outbreak of yellow fever began at the end of 2017 after several cases were confirmed in areas close to São Paulo, the CDC said.
A total of 53 people have died in Brazil after contracting the disease since July 1, the Brazilian Ministry of Health said.
But more than half of those deaths were reported in the past few weeks, according to WHO.
Two weeks ago, a Dutch traveler who had spent time near the São Paulo metropolitan area was diagnosed with yellow fever.
“The patient reported symptoms of high fever, headache, myalgia, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea,” WHO said.
The traveler had not received a yellow fever vaccination, officials said.
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