International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI2018), August 5-10, 2018 in Guarujá, Brazil.

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News #3
News #3

Updates for Program schedule and Symposia sessions

A new version of the Program and the Symposia sessions has been released today. Please consult these to see when you will be presenting and whether you will be giving a talk or present a poster. Note, there have been some changes compared to the prior version because we had some cancellations for oral presentations, so some of you who had opted for oral presentations at abstract submission, but could not be included in a symposium as a speaker, may now be listed as speaker. 

News #2
News #2

Yellow fever in Brazil

Dear Participants

Through the Press your attention has certainly been called to the fact that in the 2017/2018 summer season, yellow fever has started to spreading in Brazil. Also WHO has issued warnings in this respect:

This has initiated a strong vaccination campaign to protect the population, especially in rural areas. It is worthy of note that the current yellow fever epidemic is related to the silvestrian cycle of this tropical disease. In this cycle, the yellow fever  virus is transmitted by mosquitoes of the genera Haemagogus and Sabethes, which are both restricted to forested areas, and thus affect populations close to these. Transmission by Aedes aegypti, which would affect urban areas has not been reported so far.  Another important factor is the seasonality of these transmission cycles. The hot and wet summer seasons (November to March) are the main seasons for mosquito reproduction, whereas in the colder and drier winter seasons (May to September) transmission rates decline considerably.  

So, for the planning of your trip and stay at IUSSI2018 you should consider the following. If you will only come for the conference and plan to stay in Guarujá only, there is little risk of infection. If, however, you plan to stay longer and travel in Brazil, especially to forested areas, do consider getting a yellow fever vaccination. Many of you may already have been vaccinated when visiting other tropical countries.. In any case, if you are in doubt, do so, but be aware that you need to take the vaccination 10 days before artrival in Brazil to be immunprotected. The yellow fever vaccine was developed against an attenuated virus and is very efficient. It provides lifelong protection and should be available at most tropical diseases centers in your country.