Brazilian Health Minister Ricardo Barros has proposed to vaccinate the entire country against yellow fever after the disease emerged in new areas. The recommendation will now be discussed with international organisations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). At the start of February, vaccination efforts began in states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Bahia, seeking to immunize 19.7 million people against yellow fever, for which cases have been rising since last year, Xinhua news agency reported. ‘Vaccination efforts began in Brazil to immunize 19.7 million people against yellow fever.’ According to Barros, if the government approves the idea, separate programs will take place in each state of the country. Barros added that the vaccination campaign should be rolled out gradually, according to the capacity of each state. Certain northeastern and southern regions of the country have not seen campaigns so far, as there have been no outbreaks of yellow fever there. Thirty-four million people need to be vaccinated there, with 23 million in the northeast and 11 million in the south of the country. A plant belonging to Libbs Farmaceutica in Sao Paulo is currently about to begin production of 4 million doses of the vaccine a month. From July 1, 2017 to February 20, 2018, Brazil has confirmed 545 cases of yellow fever, with 164 deaths. A further 1,773 suspected cases have been noted, with 685 having been eliminated and 422 still under investigation. Source: IANS << Aggressiveness of Cancer Depends on Response of Local Cells ... C-sections and Gut Bacteria May Up Childhood Obesity Risk >> Recommended Reading Yellow Fever Yellow fever is a hemorrhagic fever that is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and it can lead to liver failure and death. READ MORE Safe and Effective Vaccine Against Yellow Fever Scientists wanted to study the efficacy of inactivated cell culture vaccine against yellow fever. READ MORE Zika Fever Zika virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes which causes mild fever with maculopapular rash. No treatment or vaccine is currently available. READ MORE Mosquito Diseases Mosquito-borne diseases, like malaria, filaria, dengue, etc are common in places conducive of mosquito breeding. Swamps, ponds and stagnated drainage provide optimal breeding ground for mosquitoes. READ MORE Febrile Fits / Febrile Convulsions High fever in kids can cause convulsions and are called febrile fits that do not include the seizures that occur as a result of brain infection. READ MORE Fever Fever or Pyrexia is an elevation in normal body temperature. Causes of fever include infections, injury, cancers, inflammation, hormonal, metabolic and genetic diseases. READ MORE Health Insurance - India Health insurance has emerged as one of the fastest growing segments in the non-life insurance industry with 30% growth in 2010-11 with annual premium collections being over Rs 6,000 crores. READ MORE Q Fever Q Fever takes its origin from word “query” and is caused by bacteria Coxiella burnetii that infects some animals and is passed on to humans due to inhalation of infected air particles. READ MORE Sick Building Syndrome Sick Building Syndrome is a condition that presents with a set of symptoms (like fatigue, nausea, headache, irritation in the eyes/nose/throat) which are not related to any identifiable cause. READ MORE Top 10 Vaccine Myths Debunked Childhood vaccination has saved many lives, yet lots more has to be done to increase awareness and eliminate myths regarding vaccines. READ MORE Traveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert! Traveling with children is always challenging as it involves careful planning. Here are some precautions that need to be taken when traveling abroad with kids. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Diaphragmatic Hernia Noscaphene (Noscapine) Post-Nasal Drip More News on: Yellow FeverFebrile Fits / Febrile ConvulsionsQ FeverFeverHealth Insurance - IndiaSick Building SyndromeZika FeverTop 10 Vaccine Myths DebunkedTraveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert!