Travel Health Update: CDC Health Notice Round-Up

071213_1959_TravelHealt2.jpgAre you familiar with the Center of Disease Control (CDC)—an arm of the U.S. Government which keeps close watch on health issues and disease prevention strategies for U.S. citizens? If you’re concerned about your health, safety and well-being when you travel, you should be!

Just as the U.S. State Department issues travel alerts and warnings, the CDC issues travel health notices which are designed to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific destinations. Travel health notices are divided into 3 categories:

Level 1 Watch: Limited impact to travelers; important to follow usual precautions for this destination.

Level 2 Alert: Increased risks to travelers; follow enhanced precautions for this destination.

Level 3 Warning: High-risk to travelers; avoid all non-essential travel to this destination.

For your convenience, we’ve gone ahead and compiled the CDC’s full line-up of current travel health notices in a quick-glance, easy-to-read format. For more information on the current situation as well as prevention tips, click on the health risk(s) listed in the column on the right-hand side of your page.

Date Released/Updated Alert Type Health Risk
Angola July 1, 2013 Level 1 Watch Dengue
Arabian Peninsula July 12, 2013 Level 1 Watch MERS-CoV
Brazil May 23, 2013 Level 1 Watch Several health risks due to World Youth Day
China May 17, 2013 Level 1 Watch H7N9
Dominican Republic June 19, 2013 Level 1 Watch Cholera
Ethiopia June 14, 2013 Level 1 Watch Yellow Fever
Haiti June 19, 2013 Level 1 Watch Cholera
Japan June 19, 2013 Alert Level 2 Rubella (German Measles)
Kenya July 11, 2013 Alert Level 2 Polio
Kenya May 17, 2013 Level 1 Watch Dengue
Malaysia June 12, 2013 Level 1 Watch Sarcocystosis
Poland June 19, 2013 Alert Level 2 Rubella (German Measles)
Saudi Arabia July 12, 2013 Level 1 Watch Several unique health risks due to Hajj & Umrah Pilgrimages
Somalia July 11, 2013 Alert Level 2 Polio

 

Staying on top of the CDC’s travel health notices is one of the best and easiest ways to help protect your health and safety while traveling. On Call Members: give us a call if you need help preparing for your trip to a destination with a CDC-issued travel notice in effect—your travel medicine specialist and the CDC’s destination pages are also great pre-trip resources.

Safe Travels!

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