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Travel Health News

Monthly travel health news about disease outbreaks around the world, from our Lead Nurse JO THOMPSON.

Oropouche Fever in Brazil and Bolivia

  • In Bolivia there have been 74 confirmed cases. In Brazil there have been 9 confirmed cases. 
  • Oropouche Fever is caused by Oropouche virus which is transmitted by midges and mosquitoes. Large outbreaks can occur.
  • Symptoms typically start 4-8 days after being bitten, and can include fever, chills, headache, muscle and joint pain, dizziness, stomach pain, vomiting, rash or sensitivity to light.
  • Most people recover after a week without any long-term effects. Severe illness is very rare but can result in Meningitis.
  • Prevention includes mosquito bite avoidance. There is only supportive treatment. 

Measles in Europe

  • There continues to be outbreaks of measles throughout Europe including the UK.
  • Measles is highly contagious and continuing transmission means there is also risk of spread to countries not currently reporting cases. 
  • Travellers should ensure that they have had two doses of the MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) or had the disease. This is especially important if visiting friends and family and/or mixing closely with the local population. 

Cholera outbreak in The Comoros

  • There have been 1,484 cases of Cholera with 38 deaths in The Comoros. 
  • Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of feacally contaminated food or water. 
  • Severe Cholera is rare in travellers. Mild cases may present as travellers diarrhoea. 
  • Travellers to these countries are advised to use good water hygiene. If you are travelling and are interested in a Cholera vaccine, you can get one from our Travel Clinic in London here

Sources: Travel Health Pro, World Health Organisation, Travax, Fit for Travel, ReliefWeb.

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