YELLOW FEVER - AFRICA:
This updates the previous clinical update of 21 Feb 2013. In
Since then, in March 2013, cases of yellow fever have also been reported from
As of 15 Apr 2013, a yellow fever case has been confirmed in Diffa district,
As of 7 May 2013, 6 confirmed cases of yellow fever have been reported from South Omo, in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' region in
Advice for health professionals
Under International Health Regulations (2005) countries are no longer required to automatically report YF outbreaks to WHO. Surveillance and reporting in YF risk countries can be poor. When undertaking YF risk assessment, health professionals should refer to individual country information where details relating to YF disease risk areas and recommendations for YF vaccination are given.
In addition, health professionals are encouraged to access the NaTHNaC Outbreak Surveillance Database where verified and unverified outbreaks of YF are posted, as well as newly published guidance on the recommendations for the use of yellow fever vaccination booster dose.
Advice for travellers
YF is transmitted to non-human primates or humans via the bite of an infected mosquito. In
Travellers should take mosquito bite avoidance measures and seek advice regarding YF vaccination before travelling to YF risk areas. YF vaccination is recommended for personal protection for all travellers aged 9 months and older to countries with a risk of YF.
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