Temas Especiales

06 de Jun de 2020

Nacional

Compulsive yellow fever vaccinations

The World Health Organization has put Panama on the list of countries where this illness can be contracted.

The World Health Organization has put Panama on the list of countries where this illness can be contracted.

In Panama, yellow fever has been traced down to Darién, San Blas and Panama East.

According to new regulations, travellers should be vaccinated 10 days before leaving the country.

The Metropolitan Regional Health Office in Corozal is offering the vaccine, which costs $5, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Individuals with eggs allergies, immunodeficiency disorders, who are allergic to kanamycin or erythromycin, pregnant women and children under six months should not be vaccinated.

Also those who have recently been inoculated with the cholera vaccine, need to wait three weeks before receiving the yellow fever one.

People who have a higher risk of getting yellow fever are those visiting zones where the mosquito aedes egypti is more active.

Yellow fever is produced by a virus and symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting and headaches. It can be lethal in 5 to 20 percent of the cases.

It is called yellow fever because of the jaundice that appears interminal cases.

One of the last cases of yellow fever appeared in Panama in 1974, but in February of this year the illness made a reappearance.