Emergencies preparedness, response

Yellow fever in Paraguay - update 2

Yellow fever vaccination tops 1.27 million in Paraguay

7 March 2008

The Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare (MSPBS) of Paraguay has reported that more than 1.27 million people have been vaccinated against yellow fever in 18 departments, with coverage reaching 83% of the population in Asunción and 75% in the Central Department.

The number of confirmed cases of yellow fever has risen with 6 new cases and is now at 22 cases, including 6 deaths, according to Ministry figures, with 11 cases in San Pedro, 9 in Laurelty, and 2 in other areas. Another 12 suspected cases are being investigated.

Meanwhile, at a recent meeting in Port Iguazú, officials from Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivia and Peru agreed to coordinate and monitor yellow fever immunization for the populations of border areas, with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). They also agreed that the principal measure to prevent urbanization of the disease is reduction of breeding sites for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes throughout the region.

For more information

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