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Yellow Fever cases are on the rise, so here’s what you need to know
If you’re travelling this spring, be sure you take all of the necessary precautions Back in 2016, a yellow fever outbreak occurred in Brazil. This lasted until September 2017, when the outbreak was at last declared over. However, since December 2017 there has been a significant rise in reported human cases and cases in non-human primate epizootics (cases in monkeys). This has resulted in a resurgence in yellow fever virus circulation, particularly in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. What’s more, the numbers of reported cases of yellow fever in unvaccinated travellers who have travelled to at-risk areas in Brazil have also risen recently. On 22nd January 2018, reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed a case of yellow fever in an unvaccinated returning traveller who was currently in the Netherlands, but who had visited Atibaia and Mairiporã in São Paulo state from 19th December 2017 to 8th January 2018. Another confirmed case of yellow fever was reported by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on 14th February 2018, this time in an unvaccinated French traveller who visited Brumadinho in Minas Gerais state, Brazil. And just five days later, on 19th February 2018, the Ministry of Health of Argentina reported a confirmed yellow fever case in an unvaccinated traveller who visited Ilha Grande in Rio de Janeiro state and Ilhabela in São Paulo state. Then, on 20th February 2018, two fatal cases of yellow fever were confirmed in Chilean travellers who had visited Ilha Grande. A third case was also reported to have been hospitalised. These examples tell us just how important it is to be aware of the risks of conditions like yellow fever, as a reminder that we should all practice caution and do whatever we can to avoid this potentially fatal affliction. How to stay safe when travelling to at-risk areas Yellow fever is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, meaning it is important to take all possible steps to prevent an insect bite when visiting at-risk countries. These precautions include packing protective clothing, insect repellents, insecticide-treated bed nets, plug-in insecticides and a first aid kit. It is also advisable to stay indoors during twilight and after dark. Once contracted, yellow fever is not curable. This means that it is incredibly important to do everything you can to avoid suffering from the infection. Preventative measures are the best course of action for anybody travelling to at-risk areas such as Brazil. You should research your destination thoroughly, checking for the exact level of risk you will be facing. This will help you understand which vaccinations you will be required to receive before you travel. Once you know, book an appointment to receive any necessary vaccinations with plenty of time to spare. As a traveller, it is also vital that you know what warning signs to look out for. Symptoms of the condition will usually develop within three to six days after becoming infected. Common symptoms of yellow fever include a high temperature which can reach 38 degrees centigrade, headaches, muscles aches (especially in the back and knees), sensitivity to light, loss of appetite, dizziness, red eyes, red face, red tongue, nausea, vomiting or both. It is also common to experience jaundice (a yellow tinge to the skin and eyes) hence the condition’s name. Express Travel Clinic is a registered Yellow Fever centre, so we can help ensure you stay safe to enjoy your travels. Contact the team at Express Travel Clinic today by calling 0208 993 58 89 or click here to book an appointment today.
5 things to know before you travel to Indonesia
Indonesian destinations like Bali are hugely popular holiday hotspots. Here’s how you can stay safe on your travels. Over the last few years, tourism levels in Indonesia have grown enormously. In particular, reports towards the end of 2017 revealed that tourist arrivals in Bali have risen by as much as 23.5 per cent from January to July, amounting to around 3.4 million international tourists in a six-month period. It’s not hard to see why. With over 17,000 stunning islands, it’s safe to say that Indonesia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with abundant marine wildlife and a thriving cocktail of cultures to immerse yourself in. But Indonesia is also very far away from our UK shores, and is very different in many ways. When travelling afar, it’s vital to learn as much as you can about your destination before you arrive in order to have as happy, healthy and safe an experience as possible. With that in mind, here are 5 things you should know about Indonesia before you set off on your travels. Bali is not its own country Firstly, it’s important to clarify a common misconception: Bali itself is not a country, it is one of many islands in the country of Indonesia. Because Bali is such a popular tourist spot (often taking up a substantial proportion of many people’s social media feeds), people sometimes assume that it’s a country in its own right. But it’s important to know it isn’t so that you know to take all the same precautions before a trip to Bali as you would before travelling elsewhere in Indonesia. You will come across a lot of languages Indonesia is one of the most populous countries in the world, compromising of many distinct islands, so it’s no surprise that multiple languages are used within its borders including Sundanese, Javanese and Balinese. However, Bahasa Indonesia is the official language, so try to get familiar with a few common phrases like “hello”, “thank you” and “I need a doctor”. It might not always be sunny Generally speaking, from a UK perspective Indonesia is warm throughout the year. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean it will be sunny, as monsoons are common across October to April. So be aware that when packing, you might need to prepare for some very wet days. There are a lot of cultural aspects to respect As with any foreign country, there are cultural differences which, as a traveller, you should make some effort to respect. One of the most common ways this is seen is when visiting temples, where you’ll probably be expected to cover up. You should also be aware of travelling at certain times of year, like Ramadan, when a lot of sites and attractions may not be open. Be sure to get vaccinated before you travel The final and arguably most important thing to note is the need for vaccinations. Vaccinations for Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Typhoid are all advised before travelling to Indonesia, and Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Rabies jabs are also sometimes recommended. It’s vital that you research the necessary vaccinations and receive them within plenty of time for your trip abroad. All of these vaccinations are available from Express Travel Clinic. To ensure your travels are as safe and healthy as possible, contact the team at Express Travel Clinic before your trip. Call us on 0208 993 58 89 or click here to book an appointment today.
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- Yellow Fever cases are on the rise, so here’s what you need to know
- 5 things to know before you travel to Indonesia
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