By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
UN health officials have reported a locally-acquired yellow fever case and death in French Guiana, in northeastern South America.
The case, which was confirmed on July 17, was a 14-year-old male in French Guiana. According to the World Health Organization (WHO):
The case-patient had severe disability, and developed dengue-like symptoms on 12 July. On 16 July, he was hospitalized in an intensive care unit in Cayenne, French Guiana, with consciousness disorders and acute liver failure, and died on 19 July.
It is suspected the probable place of infection is Maripasoula, Haut-Maroni in French Guiana.
It appeared that the child was vaccinated at 18 months; however, there was no evidence of recommended booster dose as recommended in French Guiana for children between 6 and 10 years of age who were vaccinated before 2 years of age.
Antibody testing on the child was negative.
In addition to testing positive for yellow fever, the teen was also positive for COVID-19. This is the third confirmed case of yellow fever diagnosed since 2017, and the first documented case of co-infection with COVID 19 and yellow fever in French Guiana.
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