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Friday 20 April 2018
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ZongoNews Radio

Brazil travellers warned to get yellow fever shots amid outbreak

New York — US health officials are warning travellers to stay away from certain areas of Brazil if they haven’t been vaccinated against yellow fever.

Ten recent tourists, none from the US, got the mosquito-borne disease, and four died.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has long urged travellers to Brazil to get yellow fever shots, issued a report on Friday, 16 March amid a surge of illnesses near major cities.

Yellow fever was wiped out in the US over a century ago, and the shot is not part of routine vaccinations.

The virus can be spread by the same mosquito that transmits other tropical diseases, including Zika and dengue. Most people recover after fever, chills and other symptoms, but some get more seriously ill and can develop internal bleeding and organ failure.

-AP