June 2019 Outbreak Notices

Updated: Dec 3, 2019

Ebola in DRC and Uganda:

  • Ebola began in DRC in August 2018 in the north east of the country. Since 20 June 2019, a total of 2,265 cases have been confirmed with 1,522 deaths.

  • Cases have decreased over recent weeks in two of the hotspots in DRC.

  • A family travelling from DRC to Uganda were admitted to hospital and sadly died of Ebola. Contact tracing was done and vaccination given and there have been no further cases since 13 June 2019.

  • Over recent weeks, case investigations and reporting have been difficult as a result of mistrust in affected communities, political tensions and increasing insecurity in some areas.

  • The risk to travellers is generally extremely low. 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, get medical advice. Call NHS 111 or your GP by telephone. Mention that you have returned from DRC and may have a potential exposure to Ebola and include the dates and itinerary of your travel.

  • For more information, please read here.

Yellow Fever in Brazil:

  • There have been 81 cases of yellow fever, including 14 deaths, in Brazil according the Brazilian Ministry of Health since 1 January to 14 May 2019.

  • Most cases are in Sao Paulo and Parana, and Santa Catarina are also reporting cases.

  • Nearly all of Brazil is at risk of yellow fever transmission.

  • The yellow fever vaccine is recommended for travellers going to risk areas, unless contraindicated.

  • Yellow fever is spread via daytime biting mosquitoes. Good bite avoidance should be taken at all times.

  • For more information, please read here.

Information from Travel Health Pro, World Health Organisation, Travax and Fit for Travel.

Compiled by Jo Thompson.

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