Effective May 1st 2018, international travellers entering Ecuador are required to show proof of travel health insurance on entering the country. It must be valid for length of stay and be carried at all times. Our advice is to have insurance for any international travel!
The Yellow Fever outbreak in Brazil continues to be of concern and is being closely monitored by WHO and health authorities around the world Confirmed cases are increasingly being reported in unvaccinated visitors and this week Brazilian authorities are investigating confirmed case in individuals who had previously received the Yellow Fever vaccine. Travellers to at risk areas who have had a Yellow Fever vaccine but more than 10 years ago, are recommended to have a booster. Anyone travelling to Brazil should make an appointment with one of our doctors to discuss their requirements. For more information check out our blog.
An outbreak of Ebola is occurring in the Bikoro area, Equateur Province in the northwest corner of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Cases have also been found in nearby Iboko and the large city of Mbandaka. Travellers could be infected if they come into contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids and should seek medical care immediately if they develop symptoms of fever, headache, body aches, sore throat, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain, rash, or red eyes during or after travel.
The risk is highest for close family contacts and health care workers.
As of 21st May, there have been 8 confirmed and 22 probable cases in DRC, resulting in 27 deaths. No travel restrictions currently apply in neighbouring countries. Defer travel to DRC unless unavoidable. For more information on health screening in neighbouring countries consult:
Fiji has been experiencing an outbreak of meningococcal C since the start of 2018 (including 4 deaths). Initially an isolated outbreak on a small island, it has now spread to the wider community. UNICEF has started a vaccination campaign, aimed at children and adolescents. Travellers to Fiji, in particular those volunteering in the community should consider vaccination against meningitis ACWY strains.