Travel Health Notice : Ebola Outbreak in Guinea

Mar 24, 2014 No Comments

Travellers to Guinea and surrounding areas should be aware of a recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever.

Please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada webpage for more information.

Polio : Serious Risk during Travel

Mar 15, 2014 No Comments

Polio is a serious illness transmitted through contaminated food and water.It affects nerve endings causing paralysis and death.

Although practicing Food and Water Safety should be implemented by all travellers , its not enough alone without vaccination when the latter is needed .

Some travellers may not be aware that Polio virus transmission has not be eliminated in three countries : Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. All travellers to these countries should have a Polio booster or ,if have not completed Polio vaccine series, a full vaccine series before departure.

For Polio Update and vaccine recommendation by the Public Health Agency of Canada click here.

Ask your travel doctor if you may need Polio vaccination before travel.

 

 

 

Announcement: Statement on International Travellers and Typhoid (Summary)

Mar 11, 2014 No Comments

The Public Health Agency of Canada announces the release of the summary of the Statement on International Travellers and Typhoid by the Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT).

Typhoid fever is a life threatening intestinal illness that affects about 20 Million people each year acquired through contaminated food and water.

All Canadian travellers should take the Typhoid vaccine, follow Food and Water Safety  and see a doctor immediately if they feel sick abroad.

for more information click here to visit The Public Health Agency of Canada webpage

 

Rabies..What Should Travellers Know about Rabies?

Mar 5, 2014 No Comments

Rabies is a viral infection of the human brain and nervous system that is transmitted via a bite of infected canine animals.

More information about Rabies is available by visiting: http://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/diseases/rabies

Many Carnivores (Meat eating Animals) can transmit Rabies to humans.Dogs and Bats are at the top of  the list as well as Monkeys.Although travellers should avoid all animal bites, particular attention should be paid to Bats and Monkeys.

Bats have tiny teeth and their bites can be painless and less noticeable. A bat bite is ALWAYS  an indication for Postexposure prophylaxis (i.e. taking Rabies shots after an animal bite).

In many tourist attractions in Asia like temples Monkeys can get too close to humans especially when they spot food.A monkey will not hesitate to grab food from human hands and can be aggressive. On the other hand, travellers most times

try to feed Monkeys because they are lovely creatures which can also result in close encounters and possible monkey bite.

To avoid Rabies Travellers should:

1. ALWAYS avoid animal bites by avoiding close encounter with all animals like feeding them or trying take pictures with animals. Animals have keen senses of sight and smell and will try to take food from travellers possession even if it is hidden in pockets or backpacks.

2. ALWAYSin case of an animal bite, wash the bite wound with copious amount of soap and water and seek IMMEDIATE HEALTH ADVICE REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS.

3. Seek a PRE-TRAVEL CONSULT to see if pre-exposure prophylaxis is needed based  on the itinerary.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis  DOES NOT mean a traveller should not follow steps 1 & 2 above but it makes Post-exposure prophylaxis simpler.

We wish all travellers safe and enjoyable trips.