#2 CDC Issues Level 2 Travel Alert for Brazil Due to Yellow Fever Outbreak
As if the Zika virus did not result in enough damage in Brazil this past year, residents are now being plagued with an additional mosquito-borne virus “of mass destruction:” yellow fever.
Brazil has been experiencing an ongoing outbreak of yellow fever since December 2016, and in January 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an official warning of a potential outbreak of the disease. On February 1, 2017, the CDC issued a Level 2 travel Alert on travel for the country, which calls on individuals to, “Practice Enhanced Precautions.”
According to the CDC, “the first cases were reported in the state of Minas Gerais, but cases have since been reported in the neighboring states of Espirito Santo and Sao Paulo.” Although most cases of this deadly infection have occurred in rural areas, the disease is continuing to spread into more urban locations. As a result of recent yellow fever-associated deaths and the continued spread of the disease, a mass vaccination campaign is underway, which will target unvaccinated individuals in the areas that are most affected.
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