(Guyana Guardian) – A new outbreak of yellow fever in neibouring Brazil has claimed the life of at least 140 people, including an eighteen-month-old visiting Guyanese toddler who was previously residing with her parents in the border town of Lethem.
The child, whose mother is said to be Brazilian, and is fathered by a Guyanese, succumbed after doctors in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais failed in their bid to save her during a three-day battle with the disease.
She was initially documented amount a tally of 137 dead up to Thursday, but which has since increased to 141 as of today (Saturday).
Brazil’s Health Ministry has since announced that more than 900 other people with related symptoms are being tested for the deadly yellow fever infection, while another 424 is currently being treated for the disease.
The government further explained that this is by far the biggest outbreak of the disease in recent times in Brazil.
And with a large exchange of visitors between Guyana and Brazil via their common border, Guyanese are wondering whether it will be only a matter of time before an outbreak occurs here.
Yellow fever is a deadly viral haemorrhagic disease that is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. It is mostly common in tropical countries such as Guyana and Brazil, among others.
Standard symptoms of yellow fever usually include fever, severe headache, jaundice, muscle pain, nausea, and vomiting.
A vaccine is currently available and must be taken prior to the infection before it can be effective.