Brazil’s health ministry has ordered 11.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine amid the largest outbreak of the disease in the country since 2000.
Seventy cases – including 40 deaths – are confirmed, mostly in rural areas of the state of Minas Gerais. More than 300 cases are under investigation.
Spread by mosquitoes, it can get ‘nasty’.
It can’t get transferred by casual contact BUT if you are a needle sharer, it passes by blood.
There are three stages of infection.
- Typically the UK’s health service play down the effects of yellow fever by saying:-
There is no specific treatment for yellow fever, but the symptoms can be treated while your body fights off the virus. Headache, high temperature and muscle pain can be treated using painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. You should also drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
- This is the remission stage. Most people get better.
- Unfortunately, a third, more toxic phase of infection occurs for up to 25% of infected. Viral hemorrhagic fever can develop. That’s internal bleeding, high fever, damage to the liver, kidneys, and circulatory system. 50% fatality.
What to do about this?
In the UK, it’s unlikely to go mad (outside of the druggies world).
But it is always worth flagging up.
Eradicating mosquitoes round the world would save about a million people a year BUT from under stones fools come scrambling out.
“One argument against is that it would be morally wrong to remove an entire species,” says Jonathan Pugh, from Oxford University’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.
One million families per year might be a bit upset with this reasoning fool!
Still he is an academic.