The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that counterfeit antimalarial medicines had been found in west and central Africa.
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Health and vaccination advisory body Travelvax Australia recently released an article on its website offering advice to older travellers.
Chinese scientists have offered a stark warning that toxic air pollution in the country, which is starting to take the form of a dense smog, is so extreme that it resembles a nuclear winter, and that it will slow down photosynthesis in plants, potentially devastating China’s food supplies.
The National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) has passed on confirmation from Chile’s Ministry of Health of the first case of autochtonous (locally acquired) Zika virus (ZIKV) in a resident of Easter Island.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that three further cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection have been confirmed.
Research carried out by personnel from the University of Michigan in the US has found that warmer temperatures are encouraging malaria to spread to higher altitudes; people living in the African and South American highlands, for example, are at a much higher risk of contracting the disease during hotter years.
Australian health advice service Travelvax has used its website to offer three reasons ‘why every Australian aged six months or over – especially those travelling abroad – should be vaccinated against flu’.
Haiti has been suffering an ongoing outbreak of cholera since October 2010, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that cases have now been reported in all 10 departments of the troubled Caribbean country, and that the situation is likely to continue.
A study from Columbia University in the US has found that those who travel frequently for business are often less healthy than those who do not.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that India has been polio free for three years.