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Yellow Fever Outbreak Declared in Ghana

December 16, 2021 • 7:02 pm CST
(Vax Before Travel)

The U.S.CDC announced on December 14, 2021, there has been a yellow fever outbreak in Ghana since October 2021.

Local officials in this west Africa country have confirmed numerous cases, including some deaths, in the following regions of Ghana; Savannah, Upper West, Bono, and Oti.

To enter these areas, proof of yellow fever vaccination is required.

To notify travelers, the CDC issued a Level 2 Travel Advisory saying 'all travelers should take steps to prevent mosquito bites while traveling in Ghana.'

'Because of the current outbreak, people who have never been vaccinated against yellow fever should avoid traveling to Ghana.'

To prevent yellow fever, most prospective visitors should get vaccinated at least ten days before departure.

A single dose provides lifelong protection for most people. The YF-VAX vaccine is a live, weakened form of the virus given as a single shot.

And travelers who received a yellow fever vaccine 10+ years ago should talk with a healthcare provider about getting a booster before traveling to affected areas in Ghana.

You should receive a yellow card called the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis to prove that you have had a yellow fever vaccine. 

In the U.S., it's easy to search for Yellow Fever Vaccination Clinics at this CDC webpage.

Furthermore, Ghana visitors should seek medical care immediately if they develop fever, chills, severe headache, back pain, general body aches, nausea and vomiting, fatigue, or weakness.