Emergencies preparedness, response

Yellow fever in Paraguay - update

Mobilization against Yellow Fever in Paraguay Continues

28 February 2008

The Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare (MSPBS) of Paraguay has reported the confirmation of 16 cases of yellow fever (YF), including three deaths. Seven of these cases, young people who visited rural areas, are from the Department of San Pedro, and are related to the jungle cycle of the virus. The other nine confirmed cases, which include 3 deaths, are from San Lorenzo Municipality, outside of Asunción. Another 15 suspected cases are being investigated.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health is taking measures to contain the disease in affected areas, and more than 1 million people who live in or travel to these affected areas have been vaccinated. The Ministry of Health obtained two million doses of yellow fever vaccine from the International Coordinating Group on Provision of Vaccines of the World Health Organization. Brazil sent 850,000 doses and Peru sent 144,000 doses of vaccines, adding to the 300,000 Paraguay had in reserve.

For more information

  • PAHO Press release
    Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization