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What is yellow fever?

Page last updated 30 April 2020

Yellow fever is a serious viral disease transmitted by a specific type of mosquito (known as Aedes aegypti). It is found in parts of Africa and Central and South America. The name of the disease comes from the fact that people with serious infections have yellow skin and eyes (jaundice) caused by infection of their liver.


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Sources & Citations

1. Australian Government, Department of Health. The Australian Immunisation Handbook. Yellow fever. Available at: (accessed 20 March 2020).

5. Victoria State Government – Better Health Channel. Travel health – yellow fever immunisation Available at: (Accessed 20 March 2020).

SPANZ.STAMA.18.05.0185(1)a - Date of preparation April 2020