By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

In a follow-up on the yellow fever situation in Santa Catarina state, Brazil, The Directorate of Epidemiological Surveillance of Santa Catarina (DIVE / SC) reports the first death from yellow fever in Santa Catarina was confirmed that year. The 34-year-old man was a resident of Águas Mornas, in Greater Florianópolis. The patient did not have a vaccine record in the Information System of the National Immunization Program (SIPNI).

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Another three human cases of yellow fever have already been confirmed in the state this year. The first case, recorded in January, was of a 40-year-old resident of Taió, in the Alto Vale do Itajaí region. The second was confirmed in March, being of a 62 year old man, resident of Águas Mornas, in Greater Florianópolis. The third, a 46-year-old man, resident of the municipality of Anitápolis, also in Greater Florianópolis.

DIVE / SC is still awaiting the results of laboratory tests of other suspected cases, notified by the municipalities of Lages and São Bonifácio.

With regard to epizootics, the state has already received notification of 430 dead or sick non-human primates, with 111 confirmed for yellow fever. Another 33 epidemics (death or illness of monkeys) are still under investigation to determine the cause of death.

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Due to the current scenario in Santa Catarina, DIVE / SC reinforces the importance of vaccination against yellow fever, the best way to prevent the disease. “All residents of SC over nine months old should be immunized. Municipal teams with epizootic records need to actively search for unvaccinated people, especially in rural or wild areas. The vaccine is free and available at health centers ”, says Ariele Schiessl Fialho, immunization manager at the Board.