On January 13, 2017, many Brazilians queued to be vaccinated against yellow fever at a public health hospital in Caratinga, south-eastern state of Minas Gerais in Brazil.
Most of the affected citizens in the state of Minas Gerais lined up to be vaccinated.
Health personnel in Brazil say there has been an acute rise in the yellow fever everywhere in the country.
Statistics indicate that there had been 63 confirmed cases of illnesses caused by mosquito this year up from seven in 2016, reports BBC.
In rural areas of Minas Gerais state, the Ministry of Health says that it has recorded the highest of these cases.
Two million doses of yellow fever vaccines have been sent to aid the people by the government.
Due to the high cases, the governor of Minas Gerais has declared a 180-day state of emergency.
What is yellow fever?
- It is caused by a virus transmitted to human beings by the mosquitoes.
- Often confused with other diseases therefore it’s difficult to be diagnosed by the doctors.
- After the first phase of the infection is when most people recover. This usually involves fever, muscle and back pain, headache, shivers, loss of appetite, and nausea or vomiting.
- Approximately 15% of the Brazilians face a second, very serious phase involving high fever, jaundice, bleeding and depreciation of the kidney functioning.
- Half of those entering the “toxic” phase usually succumb to the infection within 10 to 14 days
35 of the 63 confirmed cases in Brazil have proved to be fatal as shown by the figures from the Brazilian Health Ministry.
This has been the highest record of death since about 2008, the year which the Ministry of Health records started keeping the accounts of record.
It is still not certain what has resulted into the uprising cases of the deadly disease in Brazil.