Travel Health News

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

Continuing Ebola outbreak in Uganda:

  • As of 18 November 2022, there have been 141 confirmed cases, including 55 deaths from Ebola.
  • Cases have been reported from Mubende, Kampala, Kassanda, Wakiso, Bunyangabu, Kagadi, Kyegegwa, Masaka and Jinja Districts. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), have advised against all but essential travel to Mubende District due to the increase in cases.
  • Ebola Virus disease is a type of Viral haemorrhagic fever. It is spread through contact with the blood, body fluids or organs of a person or animal with the infection. 
  • Risk to travellers is extremely low. To minimise risk, travellers should avoid direct contact with blood and body fluids of people who appear unwell. Avoid touching potentially contaminated linen, clothing or personal items from unwell people. Avoid close contact with wild animals and consumption of ‘bush meat’ of these animals. Avoiding having unprotected sexual intercourse. 
  • Be aware that enhanced screening measures may be in place on entry and exit from Ugandan airports and borders. 
  • Returning travellers should be aware that if they develop a fever (with or without additional symptoms such as headache, myalgia, weakness, abdominal pain, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhoea, unexplained bleeding/bruising) and have returned to the UK within 21 days from a region or area with known outbreak of Ebola or had contact with individuals infected with Ebola, they should contact NHS 111. 
  • More information here (NathNac)

Dengue Fever in the Americas, Caribbean and Asia:

  • Dengue Fever rates are increasing throughout the Americas and Caribbean and Asian countries.
  • Dengue Fever is an infection found in the tropical and subtropical climates worldwide.  It is spread via the daytime biting mosquitoes (Sunrise to sunset). 
  • It can cause a flu like illness. Treatment is supportive. There is not a vaccine licensed in the UK for Dengue.
  • All travellers to endemic regions are potentially at risk of dengue fever and should be aware of this infection. 
  • Preventing mosquito bites at all times is the best way to avoid the disease.
  • Travellers developing a fever during or on return from travel are advised to seek medical attention as soon as possible. 
  • More information here (Travax)

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

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