Friday, 27 January 2017

Brazil orders 11.5 million yellow fever vaccine doses

The Ministry of Health in Brazil has ordered 11.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine following the widespread of the disease since 2000. It comes after seventy cases including 40 deaths in rural areas of Minas Gerais State have been confirmed. While more than 300 cases are under investigation.
Around 5.5m vaccine doses have already been sent to five states that have confirmed cases or are at risk. The other 6 million ordered will arrive soon.

According to a BBC report, three cases have been confirmed in Sao Paulo, Brazil's most populous state, and one each in Espiritu Santo and Bahia, which both neighbour Minas.

The governor of Minas Gerais is said to have declared a 180-day state of emergency as it remains unknown what has caused the rise in cases.

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