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Health Updates and Alerts to Consider for Your Holiday Travel Plans

Please consider the following information before you travel to areas that are known to have outbreaks of diseases travel alerts zikasuch as Zika and Yellowfever or possible security concerns.

Information provided by the TRAVEL HEALTH PROVIDER PROGRAM November 2016 NEWSLETTER

Current Zika Virus Recommendations

  • CURRENT PREGNANCY:  Women who are pregnant (in any trimester) should not travel to areas with Zika virus transmission. Men who have traveled to an area of active Zika virus transmission who have a pregnant partner should abstain from sexual activity or consistently and correctly use condoms during sexual intercourse for the duration of the pregnancy.
  • MOSQUITO AVOIDANCE:  Prevent mosquito bites while traveling to areas with Zika virus transmission, and for three weeks after returning to the U.S.
  • PLANNING PREGNANCY:  Women and their partners who are thinking about pregnancy after possible exposure to Zika virus should talk with their doctor or health care provider. Women should wait at least eight weeks after travel before trying to get pregnant. Men should either consistently and correctly use condoms during sexual intercourse or not have sexual intercourse for at least six months after travel to an area with Zika virus transmission.
  • SYMPTOMS AFTER TRAVEL:  Zika virus testing should be offered to people with symptoms of Zika virus disease, including pregnant women and others who develop symptoms during or following travel.

Outbreaks & Security Concerns

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  • Cases of yellow fever have been reported in the Luanda Province of Angola. The government of Angola requires all travelers older than 9 months to show proof of yellow fever vaccination on arrival. In addition, CDC recommends that all travelers aged 9 months or older be vaccinated against yellow fever.
  • Cases of polio have been reported in Guinea, Madagascar, and Nigeria. The CDC recommends that all travelers to these countries be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults who have been fully vaccinated should receive a single lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine.
  • Local transmission of Zika virus has been reported in Cape Verde. Please refer to the Current Zika Virus Recommendations above on how to prevent Zika virus infection.

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  • Cases of polio have been reported in Laos and Burma (Myanmar). The CDC recommends that all travelers to these countries be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults who have been fully vaccinated should receive a single lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine.
  • Local transmission of Zika Virus has been reported in Singapore. Please refer to the Current Zika Virus Recommendations above on how to prevent Zika virus infection.
  • The CDC has issued special travel considerations for Zika virus endemic countries in Southeast Asia. Travelers have returned from certain areas of Southeast Asia with Zika virus infection. These countries have either reported local Zika virus transmission or are next to countries with known Zika virus transmission. Because of this, the CDC recommends pregnant women should consult with their health care provider and consider postponing nonessential travel to countries listed. Travel notices have not been issued for these destinations but would be considered if the number of cases rises to the level of an outbreak. Currently, countries included in this notice are:Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor), and Vietnam. Please refer to the Current Zika Virus Recommendations above on how to prevent Zika virus infection.

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  • Local transmission of Zika virus has been reported in multiple countries in the Caribbean, Central, and South America:
    • Central America:  Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama
    • Caribbean:  Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Saba, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, and US Virgin Islands
    • South America:  Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela
  • Please refer to the Current Zika Virus Recommendations above on how to prevent Zika virus infection.

Europe

  • Cases of polio have been reported in Ukraine. The CDC recommends that all travelers to these countries be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults who have been fully vaccinated should receive a single lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine.

Middle East

  • Cases of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) have been identified in multiple countries in the Arabian Peninsula. The CDC does not recommend that travelers change their plans because of MERS.

North America

  • Local transmission of Zika virus has been reported in a section of Miami-Dade County, FL as well the Wynwood neighborhood in Miami, Florida. The CDC has issued guidance for people who live in or traveled to these areas any time after August 1st. Please refer to the Current Zika Virus Recommendations above on how to prevent Zika virus infection.
  • Visit the CDC website to see a map of areas of local Zika virus transmission in Florida.

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  • Local transmission of Zika virus has been reported in American Samoa, Fiji, Kosrae (Federated States of Micronesia), Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Tonga. Please refer to the Current Zika Virus Recommendations above on how to prevent Zika virus infection.

Continuing Medical Education Courses

The CDC offers free continuing education courses through the Training and Continuing Education Online Website.

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