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Six Tick Borne Diseases

Six tick borne diseases as listed by World Health Organization Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever The Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus causes severe viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks Outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 40% Risk to travelers – no vaccine is available, avoid countries where CCHF is endemic Location – CCHF is endemic in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and Asia, and in countries south of the 50th parallel north Lyme Disease Infection occurs through the bite of an infected tick of the genus Ixodes Risk to travelers – generally low except for visitors to rural areas, particularly campers and hikers, in countries or regions at risk Location – forested areas of Asia, north-western, central and eastern Europe, Canada and the USA Relapsing Fever (Borreliosis) Transmitted through tick bites with symptoms developing 15 days after bite Risk to travelers – avoid risk areas such as forests and wetlands during months of April to October Location – Africa, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Asia, and certain areas of Canada and the western United States Rickettsial Diseases (Spotted Fever and Q Fever) Tickborne spotted fever rickettsioses are the most frequently reported travel-associated rickettsial infections Symptoms appear 5 to 14 days after bite Risk to travelers – all age groups are at risk for rickettsial infections during both short and long-term travel to endemic areas Location – tick-borne rickettsial diseases occur worldwide Tick-borne Encephalitis Viral infectious disease involving the central nervous system The disease is incurable Risk to travelers – vaccinations are recommended for high-risk activities such as working or camping in forested areas or farmland, adventure travel or living in countries where the disease is present for an...

Know Before You Go: Zika Virus

What is Zika? Zika is a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquito, which also transmits Dengue and Chikungunga Zika can cause: mild fever, headache, body and joint aches, skin rash Within 2-7 days people become symptomatic Preventive measures travellers should take: Cover skin/long sleeves, insect repellent Screens in windows and doors and mosquito netting Empty containers of water To prepare a medical plan for your travel visit:...

Mosquito Borne Diseases – Dengue vs Chikungunga

  Don’t let a mosquito borne disease ruin your travel plans! Dengue Symptoms: flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue or dengue fever causing internal bleeding that may lead to organ failure and death in rare cases Half of the world’s population is at risk Chikungunga Symptoms: fever and severe joint pain, muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Mostly occurs in Africa, Asia and the Indian subcontinent, but a major outbreak in 2015 affected several countries of the Region of the Americas. To prepare a medical plan for your travel, visit:...

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