Travel Health Service Year 2013

Travel Health News

Travel Health News Digest (15 January 2013 – 21 January 2013)

Angola: Cholera

Cholera cases have been increasing in Northern Uije province in Angola, 45 cases were recorded throughout last week.

(Source: Promed Mail 20 January 2013)


Ghana: Cholera

A cholera outbreak has claimed one life and left more than 50 people hospitalized in Ashanti Region in Ghana.

(Source: Promed Mail 20 January 2013)


Denmark: Avian Influenza, birds

Highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (H7) virus was found in 5 wild birds which were shot on 14 December 2012 in Jutland, Denmark.

(Source: World Organisation for Animal Health 18 January 2013)


Cuba: Cholera

An outbreak of cholera was detected in Havana, Cuba. As of 6 January 2013, 51 confirmed cases were recorded.

(Source: Taiwan Centres for Disease Control 17 January 2013)


Indonesia: Flooding

Heavy rain has caused widespread flooding across Jakarta, Indonesia and making many roads impassable. The international airport remains operational but travel to and from the airport is severely disrupted.

(Source: United Kingdom Government Website 17 January 2013)


Peru: Yellow Fever

A suspected case of Yellow Fever was reported in Llochegua, Peru affecting a 16-year-old adolescent who presented with fever, headache and diarrhea.

(Source: ProMED-mail 16 January 2013)


Philippines: Rabies

A 52-year-old woman from Cebu City in Philippines was infected with rabies after being bitten by her pet cat on 2 January 2013.

(Source: ProMED-mail 16 January 2013)


South Africa: Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever

In Bloemfontein, South Africa, a businessman was admitted to hospital after contracting Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever and is in critical condition. He recalled history of being bitten by a tick on 31 December 2012 and developed headache and fever on 5 January 2013.

(Source: ProMED-mail 15 January 2013)


Sri Lanka: Dengue fever

According to health ministry in Sri Lanka, over 4,000 cases of dengue fever have been reported during the first week of January and 9 deaths were recorded.

(Source: ProMED-mail 14 January 2013)


Global: Measles

Outbreaks of measles continue to be reported worldwide, including in Europe. Countries recently reporting an increase in cases include: Australia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Israel, Kenya, Nigeria and Pakistan.

(Source: National Travel Health Network and Centre 14 January 2013)


Bhutan: Avian Influenza, poultry

In Bhutan, an outbreak of H5N1 Avian Influenza which killed 18 birds was reported in a village in Dagana. The remaining 952 birds were culled.

(Source: World Organisation for Animal Health 11 January 2013)


Africa: Yellow Fever

During 2012, outbreaks of Yellow Fever were reported from Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Sudan and Togo.

(Source: National Travel Health Network and Centre 15 January 2013)