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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

11/01/2018

NEWS: Bill Gates To Repay Nigeria’s Polio Debt

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is set to repay Nigeria’s $76m Polio debt! Nigeria has authorised the gates foundation, run by Bill and Melissa Gates, to start repaying Nigeria’s Overseas Development Assistance, which has helped Nigeria eradicate polio. The debt to be repaid is $76 million which is repayable to the Japanese government¹ The project’s aim was to eradicate polio in Nigeria by procuring enough vaccine to inoculate all children under 5 years of age a total of 476 million doses². The loan deal that was signed in 2014... Read More

26/10/2017

NEWS: New Changes To Malaria Guidelines

Here at TravelPharm, we are always on the lookout for new guidance to support our customers with their travel plans. Today has seen the publication of the latest UK malaria prevention guidelines. These guidelines published by the ACMP are just one of many tools we use to help our patients. The Changes: “This 2017 update of the guidelines include the following key changes: 1 – Recognition that the world malaria situation has improved significantly in some regions in recent years Guidelines for malaria prevention in travellers from the UK 2017... Read More

19/10/2017

Why Do People Celebrate Diwali?

Every year, millions of people around the world come together to celebrate Diwali. Depending on where you live, you might have never come across the celebration of Diwali first hand. In the UK, the most prominent public celebrations take place in London and Leicester. But what is this festival all about? Why is it so important to those who celebrate it? We’ve put together this quick guide to help you better understand this wonderful, and colourful, festival. Who celebrates Diwali? The festival is celebrated by Sikhs, Hindus, Jains and Newar Buddhists. What... Read More