Travel Health Service Year 2008

Travel Health News

Travel Health News Digest (25 August 2008)

Vietnam: Cholera

Over the past month, 390 more cases of acute diarrhoea disease have been reported in Vietnam, 73 of them were tested positive for Cholera. Since early this year, over 4 500 cases have contracted acute diarrhoea, 722 of them were tested positive for Cholera.
(Source: ProMED-mail 25 August 2008)


India: Cholera

Delhi, India has reported 450 cases of Cholera in 2008. The authorities said the situation may worsen in the wake of the recent floods in Yamuna.
(Source: ProMED-mail 25 August 2008)


USA: Avian Influenza, poultry

In USA, H7N3 low pathogenic Avian Influenza viruses were detected in 4 swans found in the Seekonk River in Rhode Island during routine surveillance. The authority urged all poultry owners to prevent flocks from having any contact with wild birds.
(Source: ProMED-mail 22 August 2008)


Turkey: Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever

As of 30 June this year, 688 cases of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever including 41 deaths were reported in Turkey. Most of the cases were reported from Middle and Eastern Anatolia.
(Source: ProMED-mail 20 August 2008)


Africa: Dengue Fever

As of 8 August this year, 8 imported Dengue Fever cases from West Africa were reported in France. Only 4 and 7 imported Dengue cases from West Africa were reported in the year 2006 and 2007 respectively.
(Source: ProMED-mail 20 August 2008)


Benin: Cholera

A Cholera outbreak in Benin since July 2008 has killed at least one person, with 90 others infected by the disease.
(Source: ProMED-mail 25 August 2008)


Guinea-Bissau: Cholera

Guinea-Bissau reported a Cholera epidemic that has claimed 40 lives to date. Some 1900 cases of Cholera have been registered over the last 2 months with the capital Bissau hardest hit by the epidemic.
(Source: ProMED-mail 25 August 2008)


Sudan: Measles

In Sudan, an outbreak of Measles affecting 80 people with at least 22 deaths was reported in the southern region. Upper Nile State was seriously hit by the disease.
(Source: ProMED-mail 22 August 2008)