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Yellow Fever Nearing Closer to Rio

Residents living near known yellow fever (YF) risk areas, will be the first to be vaccinated against the viral illness in the state of Rio de Janeiro, with plans to cover the entire state, including Rio itself, by the end of the year. On April 20th, health authorities announced the death of a man in a town 50km from downtown Rio – his was the 3rd death from 11 cases in the state.

The latest WHO/PAHO situation update can be found here.

It includes the following data from 6 states (Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Pará, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Tocantins): ‘2,900 cases of yellow fever reported (681 confirmed, 1,451 discarded, and 768 suspected under investigation), including 372 deaths (234 confirmed, 103 discarded, and 35 under investigation). The case fatality rate (CFR) is 34% among confirmed cases.’