Yellow fever is an acute viral disease that is spread to humans via infected mosquitos. It is endemic in tropical areas of Africa and Latin America.
Symptoms of yellow fever usually appear 3 to 6 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. In the initial phase, they include fever, muscle pain, headache, shivers, loss of appetite, and nausea or vomiting. For most patients, these symptoms disappear after 3 to 4 days. However, 15% of patients enter a second, more toxic phase, when high fever returns, and several body systems are affected, including the kidneys.
There is no cure for yellow fever and treatment is based on symptom management.
Travelling to Brazil?
Advice from the World Health Organisation
On November 24th, at the end of Friday prayers, a Sufi mosque in Bir-al-Abed was attacked by insurgents using explosives and automatic weapons. This was the first substantial attack in the region to target civilians and a Muslim minority. More than 300 people were killed and over 100 were injured.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel to within 10 kilometres of Mount Agung. A local authority exclusion zone currently extends between 8 and 10kms from the crater.
Mount Agung last erupted in 1963; killing over 1500 people.
Bali travel advice
Current information from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Affected areas include the capital, Antananarivo, and the port city of Toamasina.
Cases of plague are rare amongst international travellers.
Although Irma has now been downgraded to a tropical depression, the danger isn’t over yet.
Areas affected by Irma include Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, as well as many Caribbean Islands; not least Cuba, the British Virgin Islands, Barbuda and Anguilla.
The danger is not over yet. According to European weather service, Meteoalarm, parts of Italy and Austria, as well as Croatia, Hungary and Poland, are among several areas still struck by extreme heat. For those travelling to affected countries, CEGA offers this advice:
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It’s set to attract more than 10,500 athletes, 380,000 visitors and sales of over 7.5 million tickets.
With less than 60 days between now and one of the biggest sporting events on the planet, it’s time to start thinking about the health and safety of individuals travelling to see the action - whether that’s you, your employees or your customers.
Click here to read our 'Ready Steady Go to Rio' guide.
A disease linked to the Zika virus in the Americas and other countries presents a global public health emergency. Pregnant women in particular are advised not to travel to areas where there are current outbreaks of the virus.
CEGA is directing customers planning a trip to the Americas or other locations to our pre-travel risk management services and is also communicating important advice about the virus from the World Health Organisation and Foreign Office.
In the meantime, our multilingual teams of assistance, medical and travel experts are ready and waiting to help individuals adversely affected by the virus - drawing on our 40 years’ experience and trusted network of partners all over the Americas and beyond.
For the most recent updates we recommend you refer to the following websites:
World Health Organisation information
Foreign Office travel advice
With baby Nubia's discharge from hospital, there are now no known Ebola cases in Guinea and the country is counting down the days until the all clear can be declared. Liberia and Sierra Leone are both free too. Continued vigilance is necessary but the focus now turns to a whole host of health challenges for citizens and visitors alike.