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30/01/2018

Isn’t It Time To Start Planning That Family Holiday?

The year may be young, but now is the ideal time to start planning your family holiday. Not only can you get a better deal or holiday package by booking earlier, but you can also plan around the school calendar and include Bank Holidays to get that extra day off added to your holiday timetable. So what dates do you need to know? Well for starters you need to think about your children and the school year! School Calendar: Be sure to check with your child’s school as to when the... Read More

26/01/2018

Drug Resistant Typhoid Fever In Hyderabad

Emergency vaccinations are underway as drug-resistant Typhoid Fever hits Hyderabad. Typhoid, as discussed the other week, is a bacterial infection caused by a strain of Salmonella (Salmonella Typhi) and globally can be attributed to 128,000 deaths annually. Symptoms of Typhoid include: High fevers Stomach pain Headaches In some cases there is even a noticeable rash. Clinical diagnosis is done by a blood test or analysis of a stool sample. Hyderabad, a major city in India is currently in the grip of a Typhoid crisis with cases emerging that have become resistant to... Read More

25/01/2018

What Happens On Burns Night?

When is Burns Night? What happens during the supper? What is the Burns Address? All your questions AND MORE answered here! Robert Burns Day (or Burns Night) is held, traditionally, on January 25th every year to celebrate the birthday of Scotland’s ‘national poet’. As well as being recognised as one of the greatest poets of all time, he is also a Scottish hero because he used his works to draw attention to class inequalities, poverty and other social injustices. Burns won a public vote to become ‘The Greatest Scot’ of all time. His... Read More

24/01/2018

Measles Outbreaks On The Rise, What Can We Do About It?

The number of measles cases in the UK is on the rise, so what can be done about it? When we think of travel and travel health risks/diseases, Measles is probably not one that comes to mind. But elsewhere in the world, Measles is responsible for approximately 90,000 deaths per year. Public Health England has unfortunately reported 120 cases of measles circulating in the UK in recent months. The areas affected are West Yorkshire, Cheshire, Liverpool, West Midlands, Surrey and Greater Manchester. Interestingly these cases have links to European travel... Read More

23/01/2018

What Is Chikungunya & How Do I Avoid It?

As of the 4th January 2018, there have been 69 reported cases of Chikungunya virus in Mombassa. What Is Chikungunya? Chikungunya is a viral illness transmitted by mosquitos. The onset of symptoms with Chikungunya is usually quick, approx 3-7 days after being bitten. Most patients are likely to report high fevers, aching joints, viral rashes, muscle pains, headaches and fatigue. The disease is usually very debilitating but in most scenarios lasts only a few days. However, in some cases, the disease can progress to be more serious, and some patients may... Read More

18/01/2018

NEWS: Are You Attending The Sao Paulo Carnival?

Due to the ongoing Yellow Fever Risk in Brazil, we have some advice for people attending Sao Paulo Carnival. Recently the WHO has added all of Sao Paulo state to the list of risk areas in Brazil for Yellow Fever. Cases continue to occur and patients have queued for over 7 hours at drop-in clinics to receive a vaccine. Some clinics have even run out and closed amid the panic. Tourists are being advised to ensure they have received Yellow Fever vaccine before travelling to these regions. February 9th-14th 2018... Read More

17/01/2018

NEWS: Sanofi Reimburse Unused Dengue Fever Vaccines

Sanofi set to reimburse the Philippines Government for unused doses of a new Dengue Fever vaccine. The worlds first dengue vaccine Dengvaxi (CDT-TDV) by Sanofi Pasteur was registered in Mexico in December 2015. It was indicated for nationals living in areas with high disease burden between the ages of 9-45 years of age. The product has passed many clinical trials worldwide and is registered for use with 19 regulatory authorities worldwide. Two of these authorities, Brazil and the Philippines, introduced the vaccine into subnational programmes, targeting approximately 1 million individuals.... Read More

16/01/2018

NEWS: Yellow Fever in Brazil – UPDATE

We have an update on the Yellow Fever situation in Brazil. Earlier last year, we published an article on Yellow Fever which was prompted by an uncontrolled outbreak in Brazil. The outbreak was affecting states including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Whilst the outbreak appeared to be under control in July 2017, new cases have arisen in Sao Paulo state leading to 4 deaths with another 92 cases currently under investigation. In an attempt to curb the spread of the deadly virus, a mass immunisation campaign is due to... Read More

15/01/2018

NEWS: New Conjugate Typhoid Vaccine Is Awarded WHO Prequalification

WHO to take a big step forward in the fight against Typhoid. An Indian bioresearch company has now been granted World Health Organisation pre-qualification for their product Typbar-TCV.  Typbar-TCV is a conjugate vaccine.  Conjugate vaccines offer longer and stronger immunity over their polysaccharide cousins and its product has been demonstrated safe in populations as young as 6 months. Until now countries endemic with Typhoid fever, which is a bacterial infection caused by Salmonella, have relied on an old polysaccharide vaccine.  The current polysaccharide vaccine can only be used from 2... Read More

12/01/2018

NEWS: WHO Supports Immunisation Against Cholera In Zambia

Following an outbreak of cholera in Zambia’s capital, 1 million residents of Lusaka are set to be immunised against the deadly disease. The outbreak initially started in the Chipata sub-district on the 2nd October 2017, where it continued to spread leading to the Minister of Health to declare an outbreak on the 6th October¹. On the 9th of January 2018 the Zambian Government placed a temporary suspension on the issue of passports and national identity cards in a bid to contain the disease².  It is only now that the Zambian government... Read More