Yellow fever

Find out how we define and monitor cases of yellow fever, and where you can learn more about this disease.

About yellow fever

Yellow fever is a viral disease that is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes. In serious cases, the skin turns yellow (jaundice).

Disease type:
Listed human
Vaccination available under NIP:
Notifiable disease:

Prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

It is strongly recommended that all travellers be vaccinated for yellow fever if travelling to or from a yellow fever risk country. For information about prevention, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, see healthdirect's yellow fever page

Surveillance and reporting

Yellow fever is a nationally notifiable disease.

We monitor cases through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS).

For more on yellow fever in Australia, you can search Communicable Diseases Intelligence. 

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