CDC Warns Of Yellow Fever Outbreak In Brazil
By Hector Gonzales
January 25, 2018
Health officials are urging travelers to get vaccinated for yellow fever before going to Brazil. The U.S. Embassy and the CDC issued a health alert Wednesday, saying there's been a recent outbreak of the deadly virus in southeastern Brazil. The CDC alert says anyone 9 months or older who travels to the region should be vaccinated against yellow fever. The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, and the vaccine provides up to 99% lifetime immunity.
Health officials say 53 people have died of yellow fever in Brazil since July. Over half of those deaths were reported in the past few weeks.