July 2019 Outbreak Notices

Updated: Dec 3, 2019

Ebola in DRC:

  • Ebola began in DRC in August 2018 in the north east of the country. As of 17 July 2019, a total of 2,532 cases have been confirmed with 1,705 deaths.

  • On 17 July 2019, the World Health Organisation declared the ongoing Ebola outbreak to the Public Health Emergency of International Importance. This recognises the scale of the outbreak and the challenges involved, also calling for further international support.

  • The risk to travellers is generally extremely low, but there are restrictions on travel and trade.

  • Exit screening is in operation for travellers leaving Goma Airport, DRC.

  • If you are unwell within 21 days post trip to DRC then get medical advice. Call the NHS 111 or contact your general practitioner by telephone. Mention that you have returned from DRC, that you may have a potential exposure to Ebola and include the dates and itinerary of your travel.

  • For more information, please read here.

Polio in China (Sichuan Province):

  • One case of polio was reported in a patient that was unwell on 25 April 2019 in the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province.

  • Polio is not normally present here but the virus is the same one that was found on environmental sample in Xinjiang Province in 2018.

  • All travellers going to the polio affected areas must be fully vaccinated against polio. Residents (and visitors for more than 4 weeks) from the infected areas should receive an additional dose of polio vaccine within 4 weeks to 12 months of travel.

  • For more information, please read here.

Cholera in Uganda:

  • The World Health Organization have reported an outbreak of cholera in Bududa District on the border with Kenya. A total of 11 cases have been reported so far.

  • Cholera is rare, but mild cases may present as travellers’ diarrhoea and those travelling to the area should be aware.

  • Travellers should maintain good food and water precautions and hand hygiene.

  • The cholera vaccine is recommended for volunteers/aid workers/medical personnel in disaster relief situations where cholera outbreaks are likely.

  • For more information, please read here.

Zika in Ethiopia:

  • On 2 July 2019, the World Health Organization added Ethiopia to their list of countries in their zika classification.

  • Pregnant women should consider postponing non-essential travel to this country until after the pregnancy.

  • For more information, please read link.

Philippines declare a national Dengue alert:

  • On Monday 15 July 2019, the Philippines declared a national alert for the first time as Dengue fever cases spike.

  • A total of 106,630 dengue cases have been reported from 1 January to 29 June 2019, which is an 85 % increase on cases in the same period of 2018.

  • About 450 people have died from dengue fever this year.

  • Regions that have exceeded the epidemic include Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Central Visayas and Northern Mindanao.

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

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