Brazilian authorities have confirmed that the ongoing yellow fever outbreak has claimed at least three more lives, while hundreds of suspected cases remain under investigation.
The Health Ministry of the South American country said in a statement that a total of 568 suspected cases were reported nationwide, More than 100 cases have been confirmed, while 430 cases remain under investigation.
Much of the nation is at risk for the deadly yellow fever epidemic, but the nation hasn’t seen such a large an outbreak since 2000. Most cases of yellow fever have been reported in the state of Minas Gerais, where health officials confirmed 40 deaths.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the deadly mosquito-borne illness will likely spread to more states.
The Ministry of Health is sending additional doses of the yellow fever vaccine to states that are reporting more cases of the disease. In total, nearly 7.5 million additional doses of the vaccine have been sent to five states, with Minas Gerais, Bahia and Rio de Janeiro receiving 3.5 million, 900 thousand and 700 thousand doses, respectively.
Mild cases of mosquito-borne illness causes fever, nausea, vomiting and headache. Serious cases may cause damages to the heart, liver and kidney, eventually leading to death.