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Yellow Fever emergency in Minas Gerais

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Yellow Fever emergency in Minas Gerais

The government of Brazil's southeastern state of Minas Gerais has decreed a state of emergency for its public health system due to an outbreak of yellow fever in 94 of its 853 cities.

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Notably, Belo Horizonte and Ouro Preto (the 2 cities in MG that receive most foreign visitors) are among the 94.

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ggghhcvhjvf: Thanks. This is good to know.

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Brumadinho (Inhotim) is also included.

Here is the full list of 94 municipalities: https://g1.globo.com/mg/minas-gerais/noticia… (at the bottom of the page).

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Minas Gerais has been the hardest-hit Brazilian state. In the year up to June last year, 475 cases of Yellow Fever were confirmed in the state and 162 people died.

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The number of confirmed cases of yellow fever outbreak in Brazil has tripled in recent weeks, with 20 deaths since July, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

Of 35 confirmed cases, 20 were in Sao Paulo state, which includes South America's largest city, Sao Paulo. Earlier this month, a case of the disease was confirmed in the Netherlands for a traveller who had recently been in that state.

The WHO recommended last week that foreign travellers get vaccinated before visiting.

But Brazil's Health Ministry has said the recommendation, coming just weeks before Carnival, a holiday event in which tens of thousands of tourists descend on Brazil, would not cause it to change its advisory that only travellers going to rural areas be vaccinated.

Last week, Brazilians lined up for hours to get yellow fever vaccinations in the country's largest states, alarmed by the increase in the number of fatal cases of infection and a warning from the WHO to tourists visiting parts of the country.

Yellow fever is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes in tropical regions and is still a major killer in Africa. It had largely been brought under control in the Americas.

The first sign that the fever was back in Brazil was the death last year of hundreds of monkeys in the Atlantic rain forest in the states of Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo and Sao Paulo.

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From 1 July 2017 through 14 January 2018, 35 confirmed human cases of yellow fever (including 20 deaths) were reported in Brazil. Of these confirmed cases, 11 were in Minas Gerais state (including 7 deaths).

Note, the 475 cases mentioned above were for the period July 2016 to June 2017. The current outbreak is not yet as large but:

- Cases in Minas Gerais have been reported in municipalities where no human cases were detected during the outbreak in 2016/2017.

- The number of confirmed cases of yellow fever outbreak in Brazil has tripled in recent weeks.

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At least 25 people have died from an outbreak of yellow fever since December in Brazil's second most populous state of Minas Gerais, the regional Health Department said on Tuesday.

Another 22 people have contracted the virus in the southeastern state, where 87 potential cases are being monitored, and 12 deaths are being analyzed.

Half of the deaths took place in the metropolitan area of the capital Belo Horizonte. Nearly all of the victims have been men, and most were not vaccinated against the disease.

The outbreak has spread to the neighboring states of Sao Paulo, the most populated, and Rio de Janeiro, which receives the most tourists.

In the city of Sao Paulo, authorities closed the zoo, zoo safari and botanical garden after a howler monkey infected with the virus was found dead.

Primates are the main carriers of the virus, which is transmitted via mosquitoes.

An earlier outbreak at the end of 2016 and start of 2017 in Minas Gerais claimed scores of lives.

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Brazil yellow fever crisis: dozens dead as São Paulo closes city gardens and zoo:

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The death toll from yellow fever in heavily-populated southeast Brazil has risen to 53, according to Brazil's Health Ministry.

Over the reported period, from July 2017 to Jan. 23, the region, home to Brazil's two largest cities, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, has also registered 130 confirmed cases of the virus and 162 suspected cases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a warning on Jan. 16 to foreign travelers headed to Sao Paulo state, the most populated in Brazil, cautioning the state was at risk for yellow fever.

In recent weeks, hospitals in Sao Paulo and Rio have been overcrowded with patients.

The highest number of deaths was reported in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais with 24 cases, followed by Sao Paulo with 21 and Rio de Janeiro with seven.

The health ministry has distributed 57.4 million vaccines nationally in an attempt to control the plague last year.

Apart from human deaths, the virus has also killed 453 animals, mainly monkeys and most in Sao Paulo, where authorities closed several zoos on Tuesday after a howler monkey died from the virus.

Primates are the main carriers of the virus, which is transmitted via mosquitoes.

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10. Re: Yellow Fever emergency in Minas Gerais

Expanded Yellow Fever Vaccine Recommendation Areas in Brazil:

http://bit.ly/2k4xKez

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