Emergencies preparedness, response

2001 - Yellow fever in Brazil

28 February 2001

Disease Outbreak Reported

The WHO Regional Office for the Americas (PAHO) has reported a total of 9 cases of yellow fever in the Region of Divinopolis, State of Minas Gerais.  The counties affected are Bom Despacho, Leandro Ferreira, Martinho Campos, Nova Serrana and Santo Antônio do Monte.  Six cases have been laboratory confirmed (IgM ELISA) and have since died. Laboratory studies are underway for the other cases.

A team of epidemiologists from the National Epidemiology Center in Brazil is working with local health authorities to investigate the outbreak. A   vaccination campaign has begun.