Global travel health news and disease outbreak coverage.

18 October 2012

Cooling towersCanadian health officials are calling the latest outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Quebec City the worst in Canada’s recent history, with 141 confirmed cases at the time of writing, including nine deaths.

18 October 2012

drugsdrugsdrugsDespite efforts by health agencies worldwide, measles remains a major – and growing – problem in many countries.

17 September 2012

mosquitoThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an updated notice for Greece’s current malaria outbreak.

12 September 2012

Machu PicchuA team of scientists from Peru and the US have surveyed 1,000 travellers with the aim of studying the effects and severity of altitude sickness.

29 August 2012

mosquito warningThe National Travel Health Network and Centre in the UK has issued advice for travellers to Europe and neighbouring countries, which shows that Europe has several native mosquito species capable of transmitting disease (e.g. Anopheles and Culex spp).

29 August 2012

microscopeA new study led by scientists at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa, has successfully tested a new treatment for tuberculosis (TB) that could potentially halt the spread of a fatal drug-resistant strain of the disease.

29 August 2012

westnilevirusTravelvax Australia, the Australian arm of specialist travel medicine service Travelvax, has issued a bulletin aiming to soothe Australian tourists’ concerns about the recent outbreak of West Nile virus (WNV) in the US.

21 August 2012

NHSCertain hospitals in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) are reportedly going to be encouraged by the government to consider setting up profit-making facilities abroad in order to try and boost funds for the overstretched national service.

15 August 2012

stagnantwaterThere have been 15 confirmed cases of cholera in Nepal’s Kathmandu district, 13 of which have been deaths.

25 July 2012

swinefluResearchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have announced the development of a new computer model that can predict the manner in which US airports could spread an infectious disease such as swine flu or SARS in the first stages of a pandemic.

27 June 2012

abudhabiA rise in cases of malaria in Abu Dhabi has been attributed to an influx of expatriate workers, according to an official at the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD).