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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 9

of 'Immunizations for travel'

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A Belgian traveler who acquired yellow fever in the Gambia.
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Colebunders R, Mariage JL, Coche JC, Pirenne B, Kempinaire S, Hantson P, Van Gompel A, Niedrig M, Van Esbroeck M, Bailey R, Drosten C, Schmitz H
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Clin Infect Dis. 2002;35(10):e113.
 
A 47-year-old Belgian woman acquired yellow fever during a 1-week vacation in The Gambia; she had never been vaccinated against yellow fever. She died of massive gastrointestinal bleeding 7 days after the onset of the first symptoms. This dramatic case demonstrates that it is important for persons to be vaccinated against yellow fever before they travel to countries where yellow fever is endemic, even if the country, like The Gambia, does not require travelers to be vaccinated.
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Institute of Tropical Medicine, B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium. bcoleb@itg.be
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