Man dies after yellow fever vaccination

26th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

26 October 2004, HUELVA - A man has died from yellow fever after reacting to a vaccination for the tropical disease, Health Department officials said Tuesday.

26 October 2004

HUELVA - A man has died from yellow fever after reacting to a vaccination for the tropical disease, Health Department officials said Tuesday.

The 26-year-old, from Huelva, in western Spain, has not been named by officials.

The Health ministry said Tuesday it was retaining stocks of the yellow fever vaccine which were used to treat the man who died.

The man was taken to the Juan Ramón Jiménez hospital in Huelva last Thursday, officials said, after suffering from a fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.

The man had also been vaccinated against diphtheria and tetanus on 14 October in preparation for a journey outside Spain.

He was diagnosed with yellow fever after suffering from a reaction to the vaccination for the disease.

Doctors were unable to stop the condition worsening and the man died Tuesday morning.

Health Ministry officials in Madrid said they were awaiting more information from the medical team which treated the man.

But they stressed anyone going to a part of the world where yellow fever exists should still be vaccinated as the benefits of immunisation outweigh the risks.

Health ministry sources said the yellow fever vaccine which was used to treat the man was confined to Huelva and medical teams had acted in accordance with normal practice.

Since 1985, there had only been 25 cases of mild reactions to yellow fever vaccinations. This was the first death.

A Health ministry spokesman added that the chance of dying from yellow fever vaccine was less than one in 100,000.

Yellow fever exists in countries in sub-Saharan Africa or tropical regions of Central and South America.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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