Yellow fever in Brazil: extended vaccine fractionation because of lack of supplies
The Brazilian Ministry of Health has reported that from July 1, 2017 to February 15 of this year, 409 cases of yellow fever were confirmed in the country, 183 in São Paulo, 157 in Minas Gerais, 68 in Rio de Janeiro and 1 in the Federal District. There were also 118 deaths throughout the country, 44 in Minas Gerais, 46 in São Paulo, 27 in Rio de Janeiro and one death in the Federal District.
Preliminary data from the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo shows that 3.95 million people were vaccinated, 3.6 million with fractional doses and 356,800 with standard doses.
“The vaccine is the most effective measure to fight the disease and prevent cases and deaths. That is why it is necessary that all the population that lives in the municipalities where the campaign is taking place should try to get vaccinated. The yellow fever virus has affected people living in areas near forests that have never been vaccinated against yellow fever, that is, susceptible to the disease, “warned Health Minister Ricardo Barros.