Brazil’s Rio state to vaccinate population against yellow fever

Gelbfiebermücken (picture-alliance/dpa/A. Weigel)
Gelbfiebermücken (picture-alliance/dpa/A. Weigel)

The Rio de Janeiro Health Department said in statement that it aimed to vaccinate the state’s population by the end of the year “as a preventative measure.”

No cases of yellow fever have yet been recorded in Rio – Brazil’s third most populous state – but the disease has taken hold in neighboring Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo and Sao Paulo.

“Rio de Janeiro is not an island. It is surrounded by states that have registered cases of…