April 2019 updates includes health alerts in Dengue, DRC, Sri Lanka and updates on the impact of Tropical Cyclone Idai.

 

Dengue in Brazil:

  • The Brazilian Ministry of Health has reported an increase of 264% of Dengue fever cases compared to last year. The risk areas include Tocantins, Acre, Mato Grosso du Sul, Goias, Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo.

  • Dengue fever is the 2nd most common cause of febrile illness in returning travellers. If you develop a fever during or on your return from travel, please seek medical advice as soon as possible.

  • Dengue is spread via daytime biting mosquitoes. Please use good bite prevention at these times.

  • For more information, please read here.

 

Ongoing Ebola outbreak in DRC:

  • The WHO reports that as of the 2nd April, a total of 1100 confirmed Ebola Virus disease have been reported of which 690 have died.

  • The risk to travellers is generally extremely low.

  • Travellers returning from this country that develop a flu-like symptoms within 3 weeks after return, should seek medical attention rapidly.

  • For more information, please read here.

 

Security Situation in Sri Lanka:

 

Tropical Cyclone Idai:

  • Avoid unnecessary travel to Beira City, Mozambique and parts of Malawi and Zimbabwe.

  • Ensure that you have a travel health consultation before going to these areas.

 

Information from Travel Health Pro, World Health Organisation, Travax and Fit for Travel and compiled by Jo Thompson.