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Recent Outbreaks
Travel Vaccines - International Travel Vaccines Centre

Recent Outbreaks

Diseases: Measles

Increase in measles activity in many parts of the world:

  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Liberia
  • Sudan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Vanuatu
  • Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Guinea
  • Sierra Leone

MMR vaccination prior to travel will protect against Measles.

Malaria, Plasmodium Knowles in Sarawak, Malaysia

Sarawak Assistant Minister of Public Health Datuk Dr Jerip Susil said knowlesi malaria was transmitted from monkeys to humans and could be fatal as the virus is more destructive to human red blood cells.

The Sarawak Health Department is on high alert following the discovery of a new type of malaria known as knowlesi malaria, which was detected at Mile 13 of the Kuching-Serian Road area. The State's Assistant Minister of Public Health Datuk Dr Jerip Susil said knowlesi malaria was transmitted from monkeys to humans and could be fatal as the virus is more destructive to humans' red blood cells compared to other malaria viruses.

Nigeria: Meningococcal Meningitis

According to WHO, Nigeria's Ministry of Health has reported 652 suspected cases of meningococcal meningitis (serogroup C) within the known meningitis belt region of northern Nigeria, primarily in Kebbi and Sokoto states, since late January 2015. The epidemic threshold has not been surpassed in either state. Shoreland continues to recommend vaccination for travelers to the affected area during the dry season (December through June) and the northern region, as well as for all children and health care workers throughout the year for the entire country.

STD (sexually Transmitted Disease) out break Utah USA

Infection rates for a common sexually transmitted disease have skyrocketed in Utah since 2011, according to a report released by the Utah Department of Health. Between 2011 and 2014, gonorrhea diagnoses increased among men by 296 percent and among women by 714 percent. Health department STD epidemiologist Joel Hartsell said the increase mirrors national trends but is amplified in Utah, particularly on the Wasatch Front. The increase among women is unusual and particularly troubling.

Recent Outbreaks: Ebola Update #2

New information for March 19, 2015: According to WHO, Ebola virus disease (EVD) case incidence continues to fluctuate in Guinea at approximately 75 cases per week with persistent transmission in and around the western prefectures (including the capital city of Conakry). Sierra Leone reports 55 cases per week, the lowest weekly incidence since late June 2014. In Liberia, no new confirmed cases have been reported since mid-February 2015.

The global total is now more than 24,700 cases (including more than 10,190 deaths).

According to WHO and local government authorities, more than 2,100 suspected cases of typhoid fever have been reported in all divisions and the neighboring districts of the capital city of Kampala since early February 2015. S. Typhi and S. Paratyphi A have been identified in some specimens.

Contaminated drinking water and juices have been identified as the main sources of infection with the majority of water sources heavily contaminated with E. coli and fecal matter.

Typhoid vaccination is recommended for all travelers to Uganda though oral typhoid vaccine may not protect against paratyphoid A. Extreme food and beverage precautions are recommended.

Recent Outbreaks: Mobile App changing the face of Ebola

A new mobile app connecting Ebola survivors has launched in Guinea.

As part of the #ISurvivedEbola campaign, the app allows Ebola survivors to connect with each other, share public health advice, and update the world on the challenges they still face during their post-recovery lives.

Updates from the app appear on the newly launched #ISurvivedEbola website, which also houses the stories of a growing community of Ebola survivors from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.

Pakistan has been considered polio hub for over the past decade. Last year 306 cases of polio were reported in the country, a record for the past 16 years.

"The winter is known for poliovirus's low transmission therefore new cases of polio should not come to surface in this season,"

During winter poliovirus becomes less active because of low temperature.

Recent Outbreaks: Ross River fever in Queensland

Ross River fever is expected to afflict thousands of Queenslanders in coming weeks after an outbreak was confirmed in the state's south.

Figures indicate 1000 people have already been infected since the start of the year.

Heavy rain high tides are being blamed for an upsurge in the mosquito population, leading to a corresponding increase in bites.

Recent Outbreaks: Influenza WHO Global Update

Globally, influenza activity remained high in the northern hemisphere with influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominating. Some countries reported an increase in influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 activity. Antigenic characterisation of most recent A(H3N2) viruses thus far indicated differences from the A(H3N2) virus used in the influenza vaccines for the northern hemisphere 2014-2015. The vast majority of influenza A(H3N2) viruses tested to date this season were sensitive to neuraminidase inhibitors.

Update: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus

New information for February 25, 2015: According to a WHO-led team just returned from Saudi Arabia, more progress is needed to control the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in that country.

Main areas that remain to be urgently addressed include understanding the modes of infection and transmission, increasing community education and engagement, and further research and sharing those results widely and rapidly.

The global total is now 1,042 cases (including 419 deaths), with 912 cases (including 388 deaths) reported in Saudi Arabia alone.

Recent Outbreaks: Swine flu in India

The number of swine flu patients in Uttar Pradesh today rose to 350, with the state capital alone accounting for 273 cases, while the death toll reached 10 in the state.

"36 new patients of H1N1 virus have been detected in Uttar Pradesh. Of them, 29 are from Lucknow and one each from Bareilly, Agra, Allahabad, Varanasi, Shahjahanpur, Badaun and Lalitpur districts," a health department official said.

Recent Outbreaks: Chikungunya in Bolivia

Cases of Chikungunya rose to 34 in Bolivia, according to a report of the National Direction of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, published today in daily Cambio.

Of the total of case, 33 belong to residents in the eastern department of Santa Cruz and one to La Paz, detected a month ago, after returning from Palos Blancos in Brazil.

Help, I've eaten some of those Hepatitis A Berries

It is reported the berries were packed in a polluted river in China.

This highlights how global our food sources have become, and even if we are not travelling, our FOOD may be travelling, and that could put us at risk.

In some states of the USA, Hepatitis A vaccine is part of the routine childhood vaccines but this is not the case in Australia. In Australia we vaccinate babies against Hepatitis B but not A.

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Your health when you go overseas is important - whether you are travelling on a holiday, visiting your friends and relatives, going on a business trip or looking for adventure. Getting individual care and advice based on your itinerary can ensure you have a good trip and come home healthy.

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