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NHS post exposure Rabies and Immunoglobulin Service (RIgS) at Colindale

Occasionally we receive calls from patients who contact their GP practice about a post exposure rabies risk, but are not managed urgently and in some cases are referred back to a travel clinic or A&E. We have contacted Public Health England (PHE), Rabies and Immunoglobulin Service (RIgS) at Colindale to determine the correct process. They [...]

By |2019-08-31T15:02:26+00:00August 31st, 2019|News|

Hand washing to prevent infections at home or whilst travelling

How to prevent colds and seasonal flu at home or common infections whilst travelling. A recent Royal Pharmaceutical Society survey shows that 84% of British adults don’t wash their hands for long enough to clean them of the bacteria which can cause infections such as diarrhoea, upset stomachs or pneumonia, or viruses which can cause [...]

By |2019-08-31T14:57:34+00:00August 31st, 2019|News|

Country yellow fever certificate requirement updates

World Health Organization (WHO) have recently published updates to the country yellow fever recommendations and certificate requirements in International Travel and Health. Yellow fever certificate requirements are no longer in place for the following countries/territories: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Djibouti, East Timor, Kiribati, Mauritius, Nauru, Reunion, Tristan de Cunha Yellow fever certificate requirements have been added for [...]

By |2019-07-17T12:13:52+00:00July 17th, 2019|News|

Avoiding E Coli infections and Warning for all travellers had been to the Hurghada region of Egypt

Public Health England is issuing advice to people travelling to Egypt after a number of people, including children, have returned with a serious illness caused by E. coli infection. coli can cause an unpleasant diarrhoeal illness with stomach cramps and occasionally fever. Most people will recover without the need for medical treatment, but younger and [...]

By |2019-07-17T10:13:07+00:00July 17th, 2019|News|

Cyclospora alert for travellers returning from Mexico, Dominican Republic and Indonesia

Since 2015, an increase in Cyclospora cases in travellers returning from Mexico has been reported every year. Reports of Cyclospora infections in United Kingdom (UK) travellers are being monitored by Public Health England, in collaboration with Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Wales and the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland. As of 4 June 2019, [...]

By |2019-06-19T09:51:54+00:00June 19th, 2019|News|

Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and seasonal workers 2019 requirements

The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom Saudi Arabia (KSA) have published their health requirements and recommendations for 2019 Hajj and Umrah pilgrims and seasonal workers. Travel Health Pro, the NHS sponsored travel site, have updated their Hajj and Umrah factsheet to reflect any changes.   Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah (Mecca), in KSA is one [...]

By |2019-06-19T09:49:53+00:00June 19th, 2019|News|

Ebola Virus Disease in Uganda and Democratic Republic of the Congo

12 Jun 2019 On 11 June 2019 the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed a case of Ebola virus disease in Uganda. This is the first confirmed case in Uganda to be identified during the Ebola outbreak in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The patient is a 5-year-old boy from the Democratic Republic of the [...]

By |2019-06-19T09:28:15+00:00June 19th, 2019|News|

ZIKA 2019 update

Three Zika travel-associated cases have been reported in travellers from Denmark and Norway returning from Thailand, and a case of sexual transmission from one returning traveller. Symptoms associated with Zika virus infection are generally mild and most of the people infected do not develop any symptoms. However, for pregnant women and their developing foetuses there [...]

By |2019-05-15T07:42:39+00:00May 15th, 2019|News|

A Norwegian woman has died after contracting rabies from a stray puppy in the Philippines.

A Norwegian woman, 24, was on holiday with friends when they found the puppy on a street. The puppy is thought to have infected her when it bit her after they took it back to their resort. She fell ill soon after returning to Norway and died at the hospital where she worked. Her family [...]

By |2019-05-15T07:41:06+00:00May 15th, 2019|News|

Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimate that up to 1% of pharmaceutical products in industrialised countries are counterfeit/falsified medicines. The Falsified Medicines Directive is a collaboration of Government, pharmaceutical manufacturers, GPs and other health professionals to help eliminate counterfeit medicines in the UK. Global Health Travel Clinics are now members of SecurMed UK which is [...]

By |2019-03-13T14:25:23+00:00March 13th, 2019|News|