Aussies heading to Brazil for the World Cup could contract an incurable and often fatal disease if they don’t get immunised before heading off.
Travel health expert Dr Deborah Mills said yellow fever, a mosquito-spread viral disease, is endemic to Brazil with an increasing number of cases, despite long-running control efforts.
“We are reminding all Australians planning to visit Brazil to ensure they have their Yellow Fever vaccination well before heading overseas,” she said on Thursday in a statement.
This vaccination is actually compulsory for all Australians travelling to Brazil.
The disease causes fever, chills, appetite loss, nausea, muscle pain and liver damage, resulting in yellow skin. Once contracted, there’s no cure and one in six will die.
It kills some 30,000 people each year, mostly in Africa.
However, it’s easily prevented through a safe and effective vaccine which should be administered by a travel doctor well before departure.
Travellers immunised against yellow fever are issued with an internationally recognised certificate which is valid for 10 years.