A fatal case of yellow fever has been confirmed in a teenager. The boy lived in Maripasoula, a town in the Amazon rain forest, bordering Suriname. He had not travelled outside his village. He first developed symptoms on 12 July, was hospitalised in intensive care in Cayenne four days later, but died on 19 July. Test results were positive for yellow fever and COVID-19. The boy was not fully immunized against yellow fever.This is the first confirmed co-infection of yellow fever and COVID-19 in French Guiana, and the third case of yellow fever since 2017. Health authorities have stepped up mosquito control measures, encouraging yellow fever vaccination, and raising awareness of COVID-19. The World Health Organizaiton warns further cases of infection with both yellow fever and COVID-19 may occur in any country or territory that has yellow fever.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into French Guiana for anyone > 1 year of age. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers > 9 months of age going to French Guiana. See the map of yellow fever vaccination recommendation for French Guiana.