England Public Health reports a significant increase in the number of measles cases since January 1st. The outbreak, mainly in the cities and surrounding regions of Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester is yet to peak. Travellers are encouraged to ensure they are fully immune prior to departure.
The Yellow Fever outbreak in Sao Paulo continues to be of concern with reports of locally acquired cases in the metropolitan region since December.
These are the first locally acquired human cases of yellow fever reported in the São Paulo Metropolitan Region and have prompted a local targeted vaccination campaign. Areas previously deemed non risk are now reclassified as at risk for Yellow Fever. Anyone travelling to Brazil should make an appointment with one of our doctors to discuss their requirements.
Diphtheria is a highly contagious disease spread by breathing in droplets such as from the sneeze or cough of an infected person. Five countries in the Americas have reported suspected and/or confirmed diphtheria cases this year with a significant increase in numbers over those reported in 2016. There has also been a significant increase in cases in Indonesia (including in Jakarta) resulting in 32 deaths.
Vaccine preventable, all international travellers are advised to ensure they are up to date with immunisation against diphtheria prior to heading overseas.
A Hepatitis A outbreak in the port city of Usti nad Labem, north of Prague is seeing significant numbers of new cases reported daily. Health authorities advise 276 cases have so far been confirmed. All travellers to the region are urged to have a Hepatitis A vaccine.