The yellow fever outbreak was engulfing Brazil in 2017, bringing the death toll of 259 people, according to the country’s government. The Brazilian Ministry of Health confirmed that the number was true and positive due to yellow fever, a disease triggered by Aedes aegypti mosquito bites.
In addition to the confirmed number of 259, a total of 47 other cases are under investigation by the Ministry of Health, and 115 other patients are ruled out for causing deaths from different diseases.
The confirmed number is much smaller than the 756,622 potential other cases being analyzed by Brazilian government health authorities.
Currently, there are still 488 cases of yellow fever with patients still in care in the Minas Gerais region and 234 in Espirito Santo, Southeast Brazil.
The previous year the country was troubled by the Zika virus outbreak that was also spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The disease has caused hundreds of babies in Brazil born with microcephalus or small-headed defects.
Brazil is also conducting an effective campaign to eradicate the mosquito because it has made many of its territories experienced cases of chikungunya disease and dengue fever. The declining economic conditions and awareness to keep clean are still low in the country, triggering a series of outbreaks of diseases including yellow fever.