Yellow fever is an arthropod-borne virus (arbovirus) that is transmitted via the bite of an infected mosquito of the genus Aedes, primarily Aedes aegypti. Yellow fever is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. Most people infected with yellow fever have no symptoms. Those who do typically have fever, muscle and joint pain, severe headache, nausea and vomiting, chills and lethargy. Some people may experience a brief remission of illness followed by more serious symptoms, such as high fever, jaundice, shock and organ failure.
Established populations of Aedes aegypti have not been found in Indiana, so yellow fever is not spread here. The people most at risk for contracting yellow fever are travelers to regions of the world where the disease is found. There is a safe and effective vaccine available for people traveling to these areas. For more information on Yellow Fever Vaccination Clinics in Indiana, click here.
To learn more about yellow fever, please visit CDC’s Yellow Fever webpage.
Traveling soon or recently traveled? Visit our travel page for more information on what to do before and after your trip.
For yellow fever diagnosis, treatment and testing information, click here.
Mark D. Gershman, J. Erin Staples. Yellow Fever. CDC Yellow Book, Chapter 4, Travel-Related Infectious Diseases. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2020/travel-related-infectious-diseases/yellow-fever
For information on becoming an Authorized Yellow Fever Vaccine Provider in the State of Indiana, click here.