If you’ve caught the news over the past month you probably won’t have heard much to make you smile. Ebola, National Protests, Dengue-Malaria outbreaks – altogether it’s enough to squash any Christmas cheer you may have started to feel. Let’s take a closer look at what’s going on in the world and how it might affect your travel plans.
Still the issue on everyone’s lips, Ebola is spreading swiftly across Africa now with Liberia announcing an ever-growing number of cases and other nations such as Sierra Leone and Guinea reporting a deepening of the crisis.
Travel-associated cases have also been reported beyond these nations in Nigeria, Mali and Senegal, while the Western world has been left panicked by the confirmation of cases in Spain and the United States.
If there is one good thing to come out of the vast media coverage that Ebola is receiving currently it is the pressure being placed on Governments to lend their aid where possible. Although immigration controls and quarantine plans in UK airports have been largely labeled as futile, the increased support being offered by Western nations to the World Health Organisation and other aid organisations is perhaps beginning to have an impact.
Dengue Fever is, of course, a big problem in India, but recent reports have suggested that patients are now being treated for co-infection – simultaneously contracting Dengue Fever and Malaria. At present, this has not attracted widespread media coverage as the number of cases is considered to be low. But the unusual nature of this situation is putting medical experts in the region on high alert.
You would be forgiven for being unfamiliar with Chikungunya Fever up to this point, largely due online casino to the Ebola crisis. However, this virus has spread rapidly through Latin America and the Caribbean in recent months, since it was first detected in 2013. Estimates suggest that a huge 500,000 people have already been infected in the region and there appears to be little natural resistance to the virus.
Just under 1 million UK visitors travel to the Caribbean every Winter to enjoy the warmer climate, meaning that this presents a very real threat to holidaymakers over the coming months.
The infection is spread by mosquitos resulting in symptoms very similar to Dengue Fever. While most people are able to recover in 7-10 days from the fever, the flu-like aches, muscle pain, headaches, nausea and fatigue can be more serious for children and the elderly.
As there is currently no vaccine for Chikungunya Fever, travellers should take all possible precautions to avoid being bitten when travelling to problem areas. For more information, you can contact one of our travel clinicians who will be able to advise on best practice.
Protests in Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Federation of Students may have met with government representatives, but Hong Kong would still appear to be a holiday destination filled with uncertainty at this moment in time. While the protests have been a largely peaceful affair up to this point, tension remains high and travellers should consult the Gov.uk website for updates before travelling to the region.
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