The monkey was diagnosed with yellow fever at the Sao Paulo Zoo on Friday night, 8, and is being monitored in an isolated area, according to the Ministry of Health data.
The Town Hall said it would strengthen the immunization campaign against disease near the zoo, located in the southwest of the capital. The vaccine is also available in public health facilities and lasts ten days to provide protection against yellow fever.
In addition, the Zoo advised that only people who were vaccinated against the disease should visit. "For those who take less than 10 days the vaccine, we recommend that they avoid entering green areas and using repellent, long, bright clothing to strengthen prevention," said the Director of Immunization at the Ministry of Health. Helena Sato.
According to the Center for Epidemiological Surveillance, 32 cases of yellow fever have been confirmed in the Sao Paulo State since 1 January 2019. During this period nine people died due to illness.
Between January and August 2018, yellow fever in Sao Paulo increased by more than 400% compared to the same period of 2017.
Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) put the country of Sao Paulo on a map of the risk of spreading the disease.
In a statement, the State Department of Health underlined that the yellow fever vaccine was indicated after 9 months of age. Over the last two years, more than 15 million people have been immunized in São Paulo.