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Yellow fever - Risk areas for yellow fever

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The World Health Organization (WHO) keeps

an up-to-date list of the countries and regions where there is an increased risk of yellow fever.

Although the number of yellow fever cases in some countries may be low, visitors may still be at risk of infection. For example, low rates of yellow fever could be due to a vaccination programme in the area. However, there may still be a risk of unvaccinated visitors becoming infected.

Read more about the yellow fever vaccination.

Risk areas in Africa

Most cases of yellow fever occur in sub-Saharan Africa (the countries and regions south of the Sahara desert). In the past, other areas of Africa have also been affected by outbreaks of urban yellow fever.

The areas of Africa where there is a risk of getting yellow fever are:

  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Congo
  • Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea Bissau
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Sudan 
  • Sudan 
  • Togo
  • Uganda

See the Fit for Travel website for a map showing the yellow fever risk areas in Africa

Risk areas in South America

The areas of South America where there is a risk of getting yellow fever are: 

  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Suriname
  • Venezuela

See the Fit for Travel website for a map showing the yellow fever risk areas in South America

Risk areas in the Caribbean

In the Caribbean, there is a risk of getting yellow fever in Trinidad.

Medical Review: January 24, 2013
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