Global travel health news and disease outbreak coverage.

28 November 2012

Greece HealthScientists writing in online journal Eurosurveillance have called for ‘rapid action’ to halt the spread of malaria in Greece.

23 November 2012

Tioman IslandThirty-two cases of muscular sarcocystosis were reported in travellers visiting Malaysia’s Tioman Island last year, according to the UK’s National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

01 November 2012

Mosquito netsBritish scientists studying mosquitoes in Kenya’s western highlands have discovered a previously unknown malaria carrying species of the insect.

29 October 2012

Danger! Methanol!The Czech Republic’s Ministry of Health has reported an outbreak of methanol poisoning that – as of 25 September – has claimed the lives of 24 people, with 34 in a critical condition in hospital.

18 October 2012

sleeping dudeResearch from San Francisco’s University of California published in scientific journal Sleep has shown that a good night’s sleep after a travel vaccination can make the vaccination more effective.

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.