Yellow fever in Nigeria

24 December 2019

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported continued widespread occurrence of yellow fever across Nigeria, with nearly a three-fold increase in number of confirmed cases in 2019 compared to 2018, suggesting intensification of yellow fever virus transmission.

From 1 January to 10 December 2019, there have been 4,189 suspected yellow fever cases, including about 210 deaths, in 604 out of 774 Local Government Areas across all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. Sixty-eight per cent (134) of laboratory-confirmed cases (total 197) were reported from Bauchi, Katsina, Edo and Ebonyi states.

Advice to travellers 

  • Yellow fever is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes that bite most often in daylight. Rigorous mosquito bite avoidance is advised at all times. 
  • Yellow fever vaccination is advised for travellers to Nigeria, unless contraindicated.
  • Country requirement at entry (WHO): yellow fever vaccination certificate required for all travellers aged nine months or over.

Further information can be found on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.

Source: WHO, 17 December 2019