Yellow fever virus is spread to people through the bite of infected mosquitoes. This disease is not spread in the United States and is a very rare cause of illness in travelers. Yellow fever is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. In Connecticut, surveillance is conducted to identify travel-related cases. There is a vaccine to prevent infection with yellow fever virus but there is no medicine to treat it. Yellow fever is on the list of potential bioterrorism pathogens. The best way to prevent getting sick from yellow fever virus is to get vaccinated when traveling to areas at risk for yellow fever virus, and by preventing mosquito bites.
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Connecticut Yellow Fever Surveillance
Yellow fever was included on the first list of state-wide reportable diseases in 1990, although data are available since 1980. In Connecticut, surveillance is conducted to identify travel-related cases. There have been no reported cases of Yellow fever to the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH).
This page last updated 6/8/2020.