News from National Health and Family Planning Commission in China.
Case Report of a man who was found to have confirmed yellow fever in Beijing, China.
The man in question had returned from Luanda, Angola with symptoms of a high fever. There is currently a large outbreak of yellow fever in Angola.
It is important to remember China has yellow fever vaccination certificate requirements for all those over the age of 9 months. Although there is no actual yellow fever in China, the risk of a potential outbreak is there, because of the presence of the mosquito vector – Aedes Aegypt. An outbreak would require first an infected individual to enter the area and then subsequently to be bitten by the vector mosquito.
Make sure you attend your local Travel Clinic for yellow fever at least ten days before departure. The vaccination lasts for life and the certificate for a minimum of 10 years.
Yellow fever is a live vaccine and there are a number of contraindications so its important you attend a registered yellow fever travel clinic for expert advice. Yellow fever vaccination is contraindicated in those with a true egg allergy.
Guidance CDC Providing Care Women following Zika Virus Exposure
New Travel Health guidance from the CDC regarding the provision of care for women of child bearing age after Zika virus exposure. The latest recommendation is for health care professionals to provide serology screening to those pregnant women without symptoms and have travelled to geographical regions with Zika virus cases.
Zika Virus Facts
Zika virus transmission is continuing to spread
Mainly transmitted by Aedes aegyptimosquitoes,
Associated with congenital microcephaly and other central nervous abnormalities
There is currently no preventable Travel vaccination or treatment
World Health Organization declared Public Health Emergency on Feb 1 st 2016.
Mosquito Bite Prevention
Travellers to areas with Zika virus prescence, are reminded of the importance of bite prevention.
Main methods include-
Wear long sleeved clothing and trousers.
Use permethrin soaked clothing.
Use adequeate strength DEET repellent. 50 % or greater.
DEET should be applied after the Sunscreen and may reduce in effectiveness because of the sunscreen, so may need to be re-applied.
Mosquitos spread also
Rift Valley Fever
West Nile Fever
Protection yourself before travelling by attending your local Travel Clinic at least 6 weeks before travel. Ensure you are up to date on all essential vaccinations and obtain the necessary general pre travel advice for your specific itinerary.