By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

To date, seven cases have been reported in the Maturín de Monagas municipality, according to the NGO, Médicos Unidos Vzla.

The localities where human and monkey cases have been confirmed: 1) Carapal del Tigre: 1 human and 2 positive monkeys; 2) The Merey of Amana: 6 humans and 2 positive monkeys.

The death of araguatos, or Howler monkeys was previously reported in Monagas and Anzoátegui.

10 confirmed epizootics of non-human primates (araguato monkeys) have been reported in Venezuela- 7 in Monagas and 3 in Anzoátegui. 2 confirmed by PCR laboratory (both from Edo Monagas), and 8 confirmed by epidemiological link.

Yellow fever vaccination coverage for Venezuela is 75 percent, while it is 78 percent in Monagas.

These are the first cases that have been reported since November 2019, when an indigenous Pemón was infected in Bolívar state.

Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever.

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.