Experts from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, working in partnership with scientists from the Gambia, Kenya, Cameroon and Mali, have made a major breakthrough in the battle against malaria.
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Meningococcal meningitis, a bacterial form of meningitis that can cause severe brain damage if untreated, is a worldwide problem, but the highest rates of the disease occur in the semi-arid region of Africa below the Sahara Desert.
Travel 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.
Blue 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
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.
The 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.
UK-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.
Thailand’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
The 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.
As the rainy season continues, so does the progress of cholera in Nigeria, where 352 people have died in a three-month period.