The Ministry of Health is encouraging persons travelling to areas affected by Yellow Fever to get vaccinated.

This follows a recent rise in yellow fever in some parts of Africa, and continued risk in some South and Central American countries.

Yellow fever is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also carries the Chikungunya, Dengue and Zika viruses.

Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, backache, general muscle pain, upset stomach, and vomiting.

In severe cases, persons can experience weakness, jaundice, bleeding gums, and also vomit blood.

In most patients these symptoms improve after 3 to 4 days.

Yellow fever vaccines are available at the Comprehensive Health Center in Kingston on Fridays from 8:30am – 4pm.

Vaccines are also available at the Montego Bay Health Center in St. James every first Monday and Wednesday and every third Monday and Thursday during clinic hours.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye says vaccination should be done at least ten days before travelling.