Yellow Fever Travel Alert for Travel to Brazil

By Eva Leonard on 20 December 2011
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the risk of yellow fever contracted from the bites of infected mosquitos, for those traveling to most parts of Brazil except coastal areas.

The CDC and the government of Brazil recommend yellow fever vaccination for those visiting a number of areas, including the capital Brasília, as well as the popular tourist destination of Iguassu Falls. While yellow fever vaccination is not required for entry into Brazil, travelers to areas of the country with risk of the disease are strongly urged to get vaccinated beforehand.

Visitors to the region are also urged to take preventative steps against mosquito bites, including applying specific types of insect repellant to skin and clothing, wearing loose clothing that covers arms and legs, and using baby carriers with tight-fitting mosquito netting.

For detailed lists of at-risk destinations, symptoms and recommended protective measures, go to the CDC Web site.

(Photo by Victor Soares/AgenciaBrasil)

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