Emergencies preparedness, response

Yellow fever in Venezuela

14 September 2004

The WHO Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO) has received reports of two laboratory confirmed cases, including one death of yellow fever in Venezuela. The cases occurred in the second half of August 2004, in the Municipality of Sucre, Merida State.

A team from the Ministry of Health was quickly deployed to investigate the area and organized a catch-up vaccination campaign to prevent the occurrence of cases.

Last year Venezuela started a programme to vaccinate 10 million people in 17 states considered to be at risk from yellow fever. Specific surveillance procedures are in place to detect sporadic cases and implement outbreak control measures in a timely manner.