Public health officials in Brazil suspect that a yellow fever outbreak centered in Minas Gerais has resulted in 550 suspected and 72 confirmed cases, and 40 confirmed deaths. Three of the deaths have been reported in neighboring Sao Paulo state, but were reportedly contracted in the endemic area.
The Government of Brazil and the CDC recommend yellow fever vaccination for travelers to the affected areas.
Affected areas include: all areas of Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Distrito Federal (including the capital city of Brasilia), Goias, MaranhAPound o, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Para, RondAnia, Roraima, and Tocantins.
Vaccination is also recommended for designated areas of the following states: Bahia, Parana, Piaui, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, and SAPound o Paulo.
Yellow Fever Vaccine:
Immigration officials in various countries are requiring that travelers originating in Brazil show evidence that they have received the yellow fever vaccine. If you are planning an international trip, you should verify in advance whether such a requirement exists, and plan accordingly. A locally made vaccine is on the World Health Organization pre-approval list and is available at public vaccination clinics in Brazil.
Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council