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Yellow Fever in Nigeria: Bauchi State

17 Sep 2019

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reports that there is an outbreak of yellow fever in Bauchi State. Between 1 August and 11 September 2019, there have been 169 suspected cases (including 23 deaths) in people who are either resident in, or have visited Alkaleri Local Government Area (LGA) in Bauchi. Although all are linked to Bauchi, the cases have been identified in various states: Bauchi (35), Borno (65), Gombe (7), Kano (4) and Katsina (58).

Yellow fever is endemic in Nigeria and nearly 2 000 suspected cases had been recorded across the country by the end of July 2019.

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).

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 9 months of age arriving in Gambia and/or Senegal from countries where is a risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

For further information see Yellow Fever.