Emergencies preparedness, response

2001 - Imported case of yellow fever in Belgium

12 November 2001

Disease Outbreak Reported

The Belgian Ministry of Health has confirmed a case of yellow fever imported into Belgium.  The patient had returned from a holiday in The Gambia where she initially became ill.  She returned to Belgium on 8 November.   Tests on clinical samples performed at the the Bernhard Nocht Institute, Hamburg, Germany, have confirmed the diagnosis.  

She is currently stable and receiving treatment in a Belgian hospital. It has been reported that she had not previously been vaccinated against yellow fever.