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Covid-19 PCR test. Are you Fit to Fly?

PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test The PCR test looks for evidence that the virus is currently in your body, by detecting the presence of its RNA in a swab sample from your nose/throat. The PCR test detects the genetic material in the virus called RNA. When the sample reaches the lab, a solution known as [...]

By |2020-08-13T19:55:27+00:00August 13th, 2020|News|

Covid-19 and Travel

The outbreak of COVID-19 continues to evolve. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its global advisory against ‘all but essential’ travel and from 4 July 2020 some destinations have been assessed as no longer presenting an unacceptably high risk to British nationals travelling abroad.Travellers should continue to monitor the GOV.UK travel advice and [...]

By |2020-07-23T15:00:03+00:00July 23rd, 2020|News|

Covid-19 or Corona Virus antibody testing

Covid-19 antibody test detects whole blood serum levels of IgM and IgG antibodies following an infection. The antibody development varies by patient and can take 4-23 days. IgM antibodies are less specific than IgG antibodies as these are faster to develop compared with more specific IgG antibodies.  There are a number of tests have been developed and are specific to Covid-19 IgM/IgG antibodies. [...]

By |2020-07-03T21:53:29+00:00July 3rd, 2020|News|

OUTDOOR AIR QUALITY INFORMATION

OUTDOOR AIR QUALITY INFORMATION New content has been added to Travel Health Pro regarding the quality of air at country level. This obviously affects anyone travelling who has any respiratory disease or risk. Global Health Travel Clinics offer advice to travellers visiting certain locations. Last November we issued warnings to travellers going to Delhi, India [...]

By |2020-02-12T10:00:02+00:00February 12th, 2020|News|

COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (2019-NCOV))

COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (2019-NCOV)) The advice offered is the current advice on 12/2/20. This is basic information to help prevent infection and spread of the infection. Circumstances are changing rapidly, and the latest advice should always be sought. See https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/ Advice for travellersTravellers should take precautions in order to minimise the risk of transmission including: [...]

By |2020-02-12T09:58:46+00:00February 12th, 2020|News|

Insect and tick-borne diseases require a bite prevention strategy

Many travellers believe they are fully covered against disease once they are vaccinated for their holiday. If visiting a malaria zone, travellers will be provided with anti-malarial tablets. However even with Malaria the advice does not stop there. Additionally, there are several other diseases which are also spread by insects including ticks which are not [...]

By |2020-01-07T13:07:12+00:00January 7th, 2020|News|

Measles outbreak in Pacific Islands, possible entry restrictions

An outbreak of measles is currently affecting several islands in the Pacific. Travellers should check for possible new entry requirements. Islands including American Samoa, Solomon Islands, Republic of Marshall Islands and Tokelau have introduced new entry requirements for certain travellers to demonstrate history of vaccination or immunity to measles. Measles is a highly infectious viral [...]

By |2020-01-07T12:29:41+00:00January 7th, 2020|News|

Dengue Fever Update December 2019

Dengue is a mosquito spread virus commonly found in urban and semi-urban tropical areas of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America and the Pacific Islands. Dengue is a mosquito spread virus commonly found in urban and semi-urban tropical areas of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America and the Pacific Islands. Risk [...]

By |2019-12-14T13:41:22+00:00December 14th, 2019|News|

Diphtheria cases in Scotland

Two people were recently treated for Diphtheria in Lothian/Edinburgh, Scotland. This is despite the area having a childhood vaccination rate of 98%. Both patients had recently been travelling. At Global Health Travel we follow TravelhealthPro/NHS guidelines and if required provide DTP as one of the core travel vaccinations, if required following consultation. Diphtheria is a [...]

By |2019-12-09T13:08:32+00:00December 9th, 2019|News|

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 |2019-12-09T13:00:50+00:00December 9th, 2019|News|