CDC: get vaccinated for yellow fever before traveling to Brazil

From The Orlando Sentinel

March 16, 2018

If you’re planning to travel to Brazil, especially to popular tourist destinations like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, you should get vaccinated for yellow fever before you go, federal health officials warned on Friday.

“Travelers should not go to these hot spots unless they’re vaccinated,” said Dr. Marty Cetron, Director of Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at CDC, on Friday during a press call.

Since January, 10 travelers to Brazil have been diagnosed with yellow fever, four of whom have died. None were vaccinated, according to a report published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

“This is highly unusual,” said Cetron.

Officials said they couldn’t quantify the risk of an outbreak in the United States, but they said the odds are very slim, even cities in like Orlando, which has a large Brazilian population and its airport is a major hub for flights from Brazil.

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