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World Cup Travel Advice

Thursday, June 12, 2014 // Uncategorized

Large groups of people from all over the world congregating together is a perfect storm for infections diseases as indicated on this release from Pro Med Digest.

MEASLES UPDATE (23): TRAVEL ADVICE, WORLD CUP, PAHO/WHO
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Date: Fri 6 Jun 2014
Source: Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health
Organization (WHO) [edited]
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The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization
(PAHO/WHO) is reminding people who plan to attend the 2014 FIFA World
Cup, which starts on 13 Jun 2014 in Brazil, to make sure they are
protected against vaccine-preventable diseases, especially measles and
rubella.

Intensified international travel and population movement associated
with mass events such as the World Cup increase the risk of imported
cases of measles, rubella, and other vaccine-preventable diseases. For
this reason, PAHO/WHO is calling on travelers to make sure they are up
to date on their vaccines and, if not, to get vaccinated against
measles and rubella, ideally at least two weeks before traveling.

In the Americas, endemic transmission of measles was interrupted in
2002 and transmission of rubella in 2009. However, measles continues
to circulate in other parts of the world, and some countries in the
Americas have reported imported cases. PAHO/WHO’s recommendation seeks
to protect the achievements of the Americas in eliminating
vaccine-preventable diseases.

This year’s FIFA World Cup is expected to attract some 600 000
visitors from around the world. Of the 32 countries with teams
participating in the games, 19 reported measles cases in 2013.

During the 12th annual Vaccination Week in the Americas, held [26 Apr
to 3 May 2014], PAHO/WHO issued a call to action for people to protect
themselves against measles, rubella, and other vaccine-preventable
diseases in view of the approaching World Cup. “These viruses continue
to circulate in other regions of the world. The risk of reintroduction
of these diseases is especially high during mass-attendance events
such as the 2014 World Cup,” said PAHO director Carissa F Etienne
during Vaccination Week in the Americas. “Getting vaccinated against
measles and rubella is your best shot to protect yourself, your
family, and all the people of the Americas.”

PAHO/WHO recommends that travelers check to make sure they are up to
date on all their vaccines. Anyone over 6 months old who has not been
vaccinated, or who does not remember if they were vaccinated, should
get vaccinated against measles and rubella at least 2 weeks before
traveling.

“PAHO and WHO routinely recommend that persons traveling to warmer
climates should also use sun screens, insect repellents, and
protective clothing to prevent sun damage and vector-borne diseases
like dengue and malaria,” said Dr Jon Andrus, PAHO’s deputy director.


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