Yellow Fever [to 14 January 2017]
Disease Outbreal News [DONs}
Yellow fever – Brazil
13 January 2017
On 6 January 2017, the Brazil Ministry of Health (MoH) reported 12 suspected cases of yellow fever from six municipalities in the state of Minas Gerais…
On 12 January, the Brazil IHR NFP provided an update on the event informing that a total of 110 suspected cases, including 30 deaths, had been reported from 15 municipalities of Minas Gerais…
Public Health Response
Health authorities at the federal, state, and municipal levels are implementing several measures to respond to the outbreak:
:: The Ministry of Health has deployed technical teams to the state of Minas Gerais to assist the state and municipal secretary of health with surveillance and outbreak investigation, vector control, and coordination of health care services;
:: A house-to-house immunization campaign is being conducted in the rural areas of affected municipalities;
:: Preparedness activities are being conducted in states bordering Minas Gerais, for a potential introduction of yellow fever;
:: The local press is working together with the MoH to keep the public constantly informed on the situation.
WHO Risk Assessment
Yellow fever outbreak has previously been detected in Minas Gerais. The most recent outbreak occurred in 2002–2003, when 63 confirmed cases, including 23 deaths (CFR: 37%), were detected.
The current yellow fever outbreak is taking place in an area with relatively low vaccination coverage, which could favor the rapid spread of the disease…