About a year and a half ago there was an outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil and it is beginning to reach epidemic levels. This isn’t the first time that yellow fever has plagued Brazil, but this time it is reaching different areas than ever before, including Rio and Sao Paulo. Due to the presence in more tourist areas, the World Health Organization and CDC are recommending that people become vaccinated before traveling to Brazil. Yellow fever is carried by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which also carries dengue fever, chikungunya, and Zika. Only 15% of those that contract yellow fever will develop the severe form of the illness. Of that 15 %, up to 3 out of 5 will die.
What You Need to Know About the Yellow Fever Outbreak
Kacey Ernst, Ph.D., MPH, an associate professor and the program director at the University of Arizona’s Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department in Tucson, spoke with Forbes online about some of the things that people should know about this yellow fever outbreak. Dr. Ernst points out that because the fever outbreak is in areas that are different than it has been in the past, fewer people are likely to be vaccinated and health professionals have less experience in treating the illness. There is also concern about transfer to mosquitoes that more often bite humans and are harder to control. This brings about a concern of how this Yellow fever outbreak might compare to that of the Zika scare a few years ago. Dr. Ernst also addresses the idea of climate change and mosquito-borne illnesses. It appears that there are many different ways that climate change can create better conditions for larger mosquito populations that include excess moisture and new areas that may become inhabitable to the mosquito.
In Brazil, they produce their own yellow fever vaccine and have increased production due to the latest outbreak. There are still some shortages there because of the expanded areas of infection. In the United States, there are greater shortages due to manufacturing problems. With the CDC’s newest recommendation of vaccination before travel, Mosquito Squad of Greenville urges you to plan your trips to Brazil in advance and make sure you become vaccinated. It’s important to check the CDC website anytime you are traveling outside of the United States to be aware of medical risks.
We have seen in the past the ways that foreign mosquito-borne illnesses can affect us here at home, so Mosquito Squad of Greenville is dedicated to keeping our customers informed. We will continue to share information as we find it important. We also want to help keep mosquito populations low on the homefront. Our barrier treatment can eliminate 85-90% of mosquitoes in your yard and continue to work for up to 3 weeks. This contributes to lowering the population of the entire community. Call us today to schedule your first treatment at (864) 362-2013.