Global Health Risks - Week 22 - Year 2018

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Health is Number 1 so be vigilant Perpetual Travellers and check out the below before you travel. Here are the Health Risks for Week 22:

Chad: Measles Outbreak
An increase in measles activity has been reported in Bokoro, Ngama, Ati, Am dam and Goz Beida. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in under-vaccinated populations. Common symptoms include fever, cough and a characteristic rash. Measles can result in serious complications, particularly when very young children, the elderly or pregnant women are infected. All travellers should ensure they are fully immunised against measles.

Nigeria: Cholera Outbreak
Outbreak ongoing. Outbreaks of cholera have been reported in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. Cholera spreads via contaminated food and water. Symptoms include vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhoea which can lead to severe dehydration. Travellers staying in quality accommodation with access to safe food and water are at low risk. To prevent infection, pay strict attention to hygiene and consider vaccination if likely to be exposed to unsanitary conditions or have limited access to safe food and water.

Saudi Arabia: Authorities confirm seven MERS cases in Najran
Health officials identified seven cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases in a family in Najran. The first case occurred on 17 May and six other men were subsequently hospitalised. The main point of transmission of MERS is contact with infected camels and the incident came after one man drank camel milk. The agriculture ministry said that an investigation of the source of the infection was underway. Saudi Arabia has had more than 1,800 cases of MERS since 2012, fewer than half of which were fatal.

United Arab Emirates: Health officials report MERS case in al-Gharbia region
Health officials confirmed a case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in an elderly man in Ghayathi, al-Gharbia region. The patient was hospitalised on 13 May. The point of transmission was not immediately confirmed, though the patient recently travelled to Saudi Arabia and owns a camel farm, which is likely to be the source of the virus. The case is the first confirmed instance of MERS in the UAE in 2018.

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