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Global travel health news and disease outbreak coverage.

12 April 2012

handwithsyringeTravel medicine service Travelvax Australia has advised visitors to the London Olympics, the Ukraine or Poland for Euro 2012 to have key travel vaccinations, as well as a booster for childhood immunisations, six weeks before travel.

20 February 2012

MapBlue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts, US, has become the first health insurer in the state to offer its comprehensive health insurance coverage and services to members who travel or live overseas for their work

19 January 2012

For many younger holidaymakers, getting a tattoo done while on your gap year is a common occurrence, but after a traveller from Western Australia contracted HIV from a tattoo they got whilst on holiday in Bali, health authorities have been keen to warn against such activities. Tattoo being done

11 October 2011

showerThe UK’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) has said it is aware of nine cases of Legionnaires’ disease in people who have travelled to Corfu since August. The HPA is currently working with colleagues in the UK, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the Greek Public Health authorities to collect and share further information regarding a possible source or sources.

03 October 2011

backUK-based healthcare provider MediCare International has looked at the top types of claims it has received over the past two years in order to reveal which conditions are most prevalent. The company said that the results of its research not only reflect the most common complaints, but the fact that being in a new and different environment can also have an impact on one’s health.

20 September 2011

Chiang MaiThailand’s Department of Disease Control has released its report into the deaths of five tourists and a local guide that occurred in January and February this year, but the findings show that while exposure to pesticides probably killed the women, the exact cause of the deaths may never be known

23 June 2011

MosquitoThe UK’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) has released new figures that show the number of UK travellers found to be suffering from dengue fever has more than doubled in the past year.

26 August 2010

Man washing handsAs the rainy season continues, so does the progress of cholera in Nigeria, where 352 people have died in a three-month period.

24 May 2010

Chikungunya virus under a microscopeResearchers in one of the teams at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have developed a vaccine that could immunise travellers and locals against Chikungunya.

17 March 2010

At the end of March, more than 213 countries and overseas territories or communities worldwide had reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including at least 16,713 deaths

01 December 2009

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised travellers venturing to Bali to avoid close contact with the animals there following a 2009 report by the Indonesia Ministry of Health, which confirmed 15 deaths caused by rabies

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