Daily Update 3 June 2014 fromLondon Vaccination Clinic: Travel Vaccination Clinic in London.
A British mining company, London Mining has removed all but essential staff from its operations in Sierra Leone following the continued spread of the Ebola Virus which has so far claimed the lives of five people in Sierra Leone and more than 100 in neighbouring Guinea and further cases in Liberia. Ebola is a very serious disease that is fatal in around 70% of people that are affected.
The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a notice for people travelling to Vietnam regarding the current Measles outbreak in the country. There have so far this year been around 9,000 cases of Measles across the country with over 100 deaths. Measles is a serious illness which causes high fever and spots around the throat and mouth. Some people may develop infections of the lung or the brain and in severe cases Measles can be fatal. Travellers are advised to ensure that they are up-to-date with their routine vaccinations including the MMR vaccine prior to travelling to the country.
There have been over 25,000 suspected cases of Measles in the Philippines this year which have resulted in the death of 41 people. There have also been reports of cases from travellers returning to the United Kingdom after visiting the Philippines. Travellers are advised to ensure that they are up-to-date with their vaccinations prior to travelling. If you are travelling to this region, consult one of our travel nurses at our Travel Clinic in London.
The Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) continues to be a significant concern in Saudi Arabia. In the last 24 hours there has been three new confirmed cases and one death from the disease bringing the total number of confirmed cases during this outbreak to 575 which includes 190 deaths. Travellers to areas that are considered to be high risk of infection for Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome should try to avoid any contact with anyone that is suspected in having this disease as well as avoid crowded areas and practice high levels of personal hygiene.
A Dengue Fever Outbreak in Tanzania has been reported with over 1,000 confirmed cases including four deaths. Travellers to this region are reminded to try to avoid being bitten by the daytime biting mosquito that carries the disease.
There have been around 600 cases of Cholera including 22 deaths in the recent Cholera Outbreak in South Sudan. The outbreak has been caused due to the unsanitary conditions that have been caused by overcrowding in the refuge camps and urban areas following people fleeing from the fighting in the country.
The Chikungunya Fever outbreak in The Caribbean continues to develop across the region with further reports of new cases emerging daily. Authorities are trying to eliminate the disease by destroying breading grounds for the mosquitos that carry this disease. Travellers to the region are advised to try and avoid being bitten by mosquitos by using insect repellant and coving areas of exposed skin. For further information, consult one of our travel nurses at one of our Travel Clinics in London.