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The Costa Rica Ministry of Health reported Friday (computer translated):

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The Ministry of Health informs that the drugstore in charge of importing the Yellow Fever vaccine will not have it available until the third week of February 2022. Given this situation, and in compliance with the Decree of Regulations on the International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever, communicated to the population, as well as to the heads of the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners and the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism in order to justify the non-vaccination of the people who live in Costa Rica and who must travel to risk countries or areas, from January 21 to Monday, February 21 of this year.

Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever.

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Symptoms of yellow fever (fever, chills, headache, backache, and muscle aches) develop 3-6 days after infection. About 15% of people infected with yellow fever virus will develop severe illness that can lead to liver disease, bleeding, shock, organ failure, yellowing skin (jaundice), and sometimes death.

Diagnosis is based on symptoms, laboratory testing, and travel history. Yellow fever virus spreads through the bites of infected mosquitoes.

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There are no medications to treat or cure yellow fever. Yellow fever vaccine is the best protection against this disease.