Yellow fever in Cameroon

28 June 2022

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On 12 June 2022, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 555 suspected cases of yellow fever, including 14 deaths, in Cameroon from 1 January to 22 May 2022. 

Yellow fever is an acute viral disease which is transmitted by the day biting Aedes mosquito, which is found in tropical areas of Africa and Central and South America. 

Advice for travellers 

All travellers should be advised to always practice mosquito bite avoidance

A traveller's risk of yellow fever is determined by their individual risk assessment, with factors influencing that risk including: 

  • country or countries to be visited 
  • length of stay 
  • rate of transmission at destination 
  • immunisation status 
  • planned activities 

Unvaccinated travellers who visit yellow fever endemic areas are at risk of becoming infected. Yellow fever vaccine should be considered, unless contraindicated, for travellers at risk. 

More information for health professionals can be found on the TRAVAX Kenya and yellow fever webpages, while the general public can access information on the fitfortravel yellow fever webpage

Sources: TRAVAX, 21 June 2022 and fitfortravel, 21 June 2022