One death from yellow fever was confirmed in Tocantins. The State Health Department (SES) reported that the victim is an unvaccinated tourist who was in the south of the state sport fishing between Peixe, São Salvador and Paranã.
Tocantins has not recorded a positive case of the disease in humans since 2018. According to the government, the victim was already in the state of origin when he died. After the investigation, Tocantins was notified by the Ministry of Health.
After carrying out technical advisory, immunization, vector collection and Yellow Fever investigation activities in the state, SES and the Arbovirus Surveillance Management issued a warning note about the incidence of the disease.
Yellow Fever is an acute febrile, vaccine-preventable infectious disease that is transmitted by wild mosquitoes that can infect people mainly in forested areas. The most effective form of combat is immunization. The vaccine is offered at health posts throughout the national territory.
“There is a need for guidance from municipal managers and companies that work with tourism, as well as the awareness of the population that they are entering the Amazon region, which is determined by the Ministry of Health, as a priority for vaccination against the disease”, said Cristiane Bueno.
The government made the following recommendations:
- Guidelines regarding the vaccination of residents and travelers who do not have proper proof of vaccination. Travelers, also considering those who will spend the season in rural areas (farms, farms, banks of rivers and streams, etc.), are advised about vaccination 15 days in advance of the date of travel;
- Campaigns and/or strategy to improve Yellow Fever vaccination coverage;
- Guidelines on the use of clothing that protects the whole body (closed shoes, long-sleeved shirt and long pants), as well as the use of repellents and avoiding or reducing exposure in wooded areas at the time of greatest risk (9 am to 4 pm) ;
- Sensitize the population to communicate/denounce the occurrence of disease or death of Non-Human Primates – PNH (monkeys), including bones;
- Alert for denunciation of abuse of Non-Human Primates – PNH (monkeys);
- Sensitize health professionals regarding clinical signs for suspected yellow fever in humans.
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