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SASTM Congress 2014 - Registration Now Open!

 TRAVEL HEALTH AFRICA – QUO VADIS? ELANGENI HOTEL DURBAN, KWA ZULU NATAL 18 – 21 SEPTEMBER 2014  The South African Society of Travel Medicine will be hosting its biennial Travel Medicine Congress “Travel Health Africa &nda...

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SASTM Newsflash - MERS-CoV Eastern Mediterranean: Saudi Arabia - WHO

SASTM Newsflash MERS-COV - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: SAUDI ARABIA, WHO Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) - update - 26 Nov 2013 WHO has been informed of an additional 3 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with Middle East res...

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SASTM Listserve - Query: Swaziland and Yellow Fever

SASTM Listserve Query: Swaziland and Yellow Fever I have now heard from 3 travellers that Yellow Fever Vaccination is required for entry to Swaziland from South Africa.Is this official or a money-making ruse? Please advise. Dr Jonathan FourieWal...

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SASTM Newsflash - Deadly snakes

SASTM Newsflash Deadly snakes One of the most-asked questions about snakes is what is the most poisonous. Most snakes are of course not poisonous but venomous. Some plants, like certain mushrooms, are poisonous if eaten but snake venom, on the other hand ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Malaria, Artemisinin resistance - Southeast Asia

SASTM Newsflash MALARIA, ARTEMISININ RESISTANCE-SOUTHEAST ASIA US experts are raising the alarm over the spread of drug-resistant malaria in several Southeast Asian countries, endangering major global gains in fighting the mosquito-borne disease that kill...

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SASTM Newsflash - Influenza: WHO global update

SASTM Newsflash INFLUENZA: WHO GLOBAL UPDATE - Although in many European countries influenza-like illness activity started to increase, influenza detections in the northern hemisphere temperate zones remained low.- Influenza transmission in southern Asia ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Natural disaters, armed conflict and public health

SASTM Newsflash Natural Disasters, Armed Conflict, and Public HealthNatural disasters and armed conflict have marked human existence throughout history and have always caused peaks in mortality and morbidity. But in recent times, the scale and scope of these e...

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SASTM Newsflash - Cholera update

SASTM Newsflash CHOLERA UPDATE - NIGERIA Cholera - Nigeria The outbreak of cholera is growing and expanding in the West African country of Nigeria, as the bacterial disease is being reported in higher numbers from more states. According to the Nigeri...

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SASTM Newsflash - Pertussis - North Darfur, Sudan

SASTM Newsflash PERTUSSIS - SUDAN: (NORTH DARFUR) The WHO has reported that the whooping cough outbreak is still on-going in the locality of El Sareif in North Darfur. The total number of suspected cases has reached 58, of which 2 were fatal. All identifi...

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SASTM Newsflash - Spotted fever Rickettsiosis, California USA - New species

SASTM Newsflash SPOTTED FEVER RICKETTSIOSIS USA: (CALIFORNIA) NEW SPECIES Fall and winter bring on young active ticks, and with that the risk of disease, according to a newsletter released by the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District. "In...

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SASTM Newsflash - Avian influenza, human: Cambodia (Battambang)

SASTM Newsflash AVIAN INFLUENZA, HUMAN: CAMBODIA (BATTAMBANG) H5N1 Cambodia Reports 22nd Case of H5N1 in Battambang Province The Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Kingdom of Cambodia has announced a new human case of H5N1 avian influenza, according to ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Hantavirus update - New Mexico

SASTM Newsflash HANTAVIRUS UPDATE - NEW MEXICO The New Mexico Department of Health is announcing a fatal case of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in a 73-year-old woman from Santa Fe County. This is the 2nd case of [a] hantavirus [infection] in New Mex...

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SASTM Newsflash - Philippines: typhoon aftermath update

SASTM Newsflash Philippines: Typhoon Aftermath Update New information for November 18, 2013: WHO categorizes this emergency as a Grade 3, their highest category. Almost half of the health facilities in the affected areas are non-functioning. Approximately 4,00...

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SASTM Newsflash - Yellow Fever: Africa (Cameroon - Littoral)

SASTM Newsflash YELLOW FEVER - AFRICA: CAMEROON (LITTORAL) The Ministry of Health of Cameroon carried out a yellow fever mass vaccination campaign with a reported 94 per cent coverage of the targeted population of 663 900 in 13 health districts considered...

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SASTM Newsflash - Malaria: India (Update)

SASTM Newsflash MALARIA - INDIA: UPDATE Malaria is turning virulent (severe), as doctors at PGI [Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research] and Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) are coming across complicated symptoms, includin...

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SASTM Newsflash - Chikungunya : Indai (Tamil Nadu)

SASTM Newsflash CHIKUNGUNYA: INDIA (TAMIL NADU) Doctors are seeing more dengue and chikungunya cases in the city. "The irregular rainfall has to be blamed for this. We see many fever cases than the usual ones," said a senior doctor at a governme...

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SASTM Newsflash - Influenza: WHO Global update as at 14 October 2013

SASTM Newsflash INFLUENZA:  WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION GLOBAL UPDATE Influenza Update No. 196 - 14 Oct 2013 Summary Although in many European countries influenza-like illness activity started to increase, influenza activity in the northern h...

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SASTM Newsflash - Cholera, diarrhea and dysentry update: Africa and Asia

SASTM Newsflash CHOLERA, DIARRHEA AND DYSENTERY UPDATE: AFRICA, ASIA Cholera - Nigeria  A cholera outbreak in Rini Village and Bakura town in the Bakura Local Government Area of Zamfara State has claimed 2 lives and left 130 persons hospitalized. Alh...

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NICD-NHLS Communicable Diseases Communique

SASTM Newsflash NICD-NHLS Communicable Diseases Communiqué September 2013 Dear SASTM members, The contents of the September Communiquè are: Meningococcal diseaseInfluenza surveillanceRubellaMalaria mosquito population monitori...

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SASTM Newsflash - Poliomyelitis update: South Sudan

SASTM NEWSFLASH POLIOMYELITIS UPDATE: SOUTH SUDAN South Sudan: Date: Mon 30 Sep 2013 The Government of South Sudan is treating as an utmost priority an outbreak of polio in South Sudan. 3 children have been confirmed with the infection, 2 in Northern...

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SASTM Newsflash - US shutdown - what's the impact on SA travellers?

SASTM Newsflash US shutdown – what’s the impact on SA travellers? 02 Wed, Oct 2013Operations in US consulates across South Africa, and worldwide, have– at this stage – not been affected by the shutdown of the US government, says the US ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Cholera, diarrhea and dysentry update: Africa

SASTM Newsflash CHOLERA, DIARRHEA AND DYSENTERY UPDATE: AFRICA Cholera - Rwanda (Rusizi District) At least 26 people have been treated for cholera at Nkombo Island since August 2013, with hundreds of others at the risk of contracting the disease.&nbs...

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SASTM Newsflash - Hemorrhagic Fever with rnal syndrome - Russia

SASTM Newsflash HEMORRHAGIC FEVER WITH RENAL SYNDROME - RUSSIA: (KHABAROVSK) A case of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) has been confirmed in Khabarovsk. According to the Khabarovsk Health Administration, the only way to prevent a massive...

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SASTM Newsflash - NICD-NHLS Communicable Diseases Surveillance Bulletin - September 2013

SASTM NEWSFLASH NICD-NHLS Communicable Diseases Surveillance Bulletin – September 2013 Contents: ForewordDengue fever in South Africa: an imported diseaseUpdate: Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in South AfricaGroup for Enteric, Respiratory and...

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SASTM Newsletter - September 2013

SASTM Newsflash SASTM NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2013 Dear Members, Please find attached the September 2013 Newsletter.  South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM) Phone: +27 (011) ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Leishmaniasis - India

SASTM Newsflash LEISHMANIASIS - INDIA: (JAMMU AND KASHMIR) 20 cases of leishmaniasis [visceral leishmaniasis, VL] were reported from Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) for the 1st time this year [2013], even as the central government claims it is very close to elimi...

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SASTM Newsflash - Beyond Wireless - Cold Chain monitoring

SASTM Newsflash BEYOND WIRELESS – COLD CHAIN MONITORING The importance of cold chain monitoring cannot be overemphasized.  SASTM has endorsed the Beyond Wireless remote temperature monitoring system (Ridgefone®) for remote vaccine fridge te...

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SASTM Newsflash - Symptoms of Tickborne illness

SASTM NewsflashSymptoms of Tickborne illnessMany tickborne diseases can have similar signs and symptoms. If you have been bitten by a tick and develop the symptoms below within a few weeks, a health care provider should evaluate the following before deciding on a c...

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SASTM Newsflash - SAA's changes to JFK route

SASTM NewsflashSAA’s changes to JFK route 02 Mon, Sep 2013     SAA is to introduce a seasonal schedule change on its flights between Johannesburg and New York, adding a refuelling stop in Dakar, Senegal. The announcement has irked passenge...

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SASTM Newsflash - Cholera, diarrhea and dysentery update: Italy ex Cuba

SASTM NEWSFLASH CHOLERA, DIARRHEA AND DYSENTERY UPDATE: ITALY ex CUBA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Cholera with severe renal failure in an Italian tourist returning from Cuba, July 2013 An Italian man in his late 40s with cholera was hospitalized in Trieste, ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Polio: Current situation in Israel

SASTM NEWSFLASHPolio - Current Situation in IsraelOn June 3, 2013, the WHO Disease Outbreak News reported detection of WPV type 1 in samples of sewage from Rahat, a Bedouin village in the Southern District of Israel. WHO assessed the risk of spread to other countri...

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SASTM Newsflash - MERS-CoV - Eastern Mediterranean: Saudi Arabia, new cases - WHO

SASTM NEWSFLASH MERS-COV - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN:SAUDI ARABIA, NEW CASES, WHO As part of the continuing surveillance for MERS-COV in [the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia] KSA and to ensure clarity of the recently reported cases from KSA MOH. Attached is an update...

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SASTM Newsflash - Poliomyelitis update

SASTM Newsflash POLIOMYELITIS UPDATE  Afghanistan------------ No new WPV case was reported in the past week.- All 4 WPV cases this year [2013] were reported from Eastern Region.The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on [23 Jul 2013],from Kunar p...

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SASTM Newsflash - Yellow Fever, Nigeria - Fake Cards

SASTM NEWSFLASH YELLOW FEVER - AFRICA: NIGERIA, FAKE CARDS Nigeria's Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, has urged travellers who were still using the old yellow [yellow fever (YF) vaccination] card to replace it with the new encoded one. Chukwu, ...

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SASTM Newsflash - NICD-NHLS Communicable Diseases Communique - August 2013

SASTM NEWSFLASH NICD-NHLS Communicable Diseases Communiqué – August 2013 Contents : Update on rotavirus diseaseMeningococcal disease updateInfluenza surveillanceRabies updateCrimean-Congo haemorrhagic feverUpdate on carbapenemase-pr...

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SASTM Newsflash - Leptospirosis - Philippines flooding

SASTM NEWSFLASH LEPTOSPIROSIS - PHILIPPINES: (METRO MANILA) FLOODING  The Department of Health-National Capital Region (DOH-NCR) fast tracks its report on cases of leptospirosis. DOH-NCR Regional Director Eduardo C Janairo has directed public and pri...

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SASTM Newsflash - Measles update

SASTM NEWSFLASH MEASLES UPDATE  UK (Merseyside) Health chiefs say last year's [2012] worrying measles outbreak is now being brought under control as the MMR catch-up programme continues at pace. In St Helens, there were just 2 confirmed cases in the ...

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SASTM Newsflash - MERS-CoV - Easterne Mediterranean: Saudi Arabia, New cases

SASTM Newsflash MERS-COV - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN:SAUDI ARABIA, NEW CASES Within the framework of the epidemiological surveillance of the novel coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced that 2 confirmed cases in citizens have been ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever - Uganda confirmed case

SASTM Newsflash CRIMEAN-CONGO HEMORRHAGIC FEVER- UGANDA (AGAGO), CONFIRMED CASE Date: Fri 16 Aug 2013Source: Ugandan Ministry of Health Press Release [edited] The Ministry of Health informs the general public that a hemorrhagic fever outbreak has bee...

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SASTM Newsflash - Japanese encephalitis and other - India

SASTM NEWSFLASH JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS AND OTHER - INDIA Poor surveillance, incomplete diagnosis and unsubstantiated scientific claims have stymied India's efforts to control the mystery encephalitis that has killed 3000 children in eastern India over the ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Influenza: India (H1N1) Increased incidence

SASTM NEWSFLASH INFLUENZA: INDIA (H1N1), INCREASED INCIDENCE  Amid a rise in seasonal diseases in the city, doctors here claim that the most worrying trend is the increase in H1N1 (swine flu) cases. The virus seems to have returned to haunt the capit...

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SASTM Newsflash - Malaria - Ghana

SASTM NEWSFLASH MALARIA - GHANA: (KUMASI)  The Kumasi Metropolitan Health Directorate saw increased cases of malaria and maternal deaths during the 1st half of the year [2013], presenting a huge worry to the health authorities. The Out-Patients ...

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SASTM Newsflash - NICD-NHLS Communicable Diseases Communique July 2013

SASTM NEWSFLASH NICD-NHLS Communicable Diseases CommuniquéJuly 2013 Contents: Rotavirus disease updateInfluenza SurveillanceRabies updateCrimean-Congo haemorrhagic feverMeningococcal disease updateMiddle East respiratory syndrome corona-virus ...

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SASTM Newsflash - World - travel advise on MERS-CoV for pilgrimages

SASTM NEWFLASH World - travel advice on MERS-CoV for pilgrimages World Health Organization interim travel advice on MERS-CoV for pilgrimages to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 25 Jul 2013 I. Introduction An outbreak of the Middle East respirato...

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SASTM Newsflash - MERS-CoV - Eastern Mediterranean: Animal reservoir,OIE

SASTM NEWSFLASH MERS-COV - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN:ANIMAL RESERVOIR, OIE Questions and answers: MERS coronavirus (CoV) 1. What is the source of MERS-CoV?OIE together with its partner organizations the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agric...

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SASTM Newsflash - MERS-CoV: Updated 21 July 2013

SASTM NEWSFLASH MERS-CoV -- update 21 Jul 2013 WHO has been informed of 2 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in Saudi Arabia. Both the cases are currently critically ill and hosp...

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SASTM Newsflash - MERS-CoV: Updated 21 July 2013

SASTM NEWSFLASH MERS-CoV -- update 21 Jul 2013 WHO has been informed of 2 additional laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in Saudi Arabia. Both the cases are currently critically ill and hosp...

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SASTM Newsflash - Yellow fever: DRC

SASTM NEWSFLASH YELLOW FEVER - AFRICA:DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (BANDUNDU) Since mid-June this year [2013], 13 cases of suspected yellow fever, confirmed as positive by the laboratory of the National Institute of Biological Research (INRB), have been r...

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SASTM Newsflash - Cholera, diarrhea and dysentery update: Africa and Asia

SASTM Newsflash CHOLERA, DIARRHEA AND DYSENTERY UPDATE:  AFRICA, ASIA Cholera - Uganda Cholera has broken out in Bundibugyo District, in camps accommodating refugees who fled fighting between the Congolese and alleged rebels of the Allied Democratic ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Malaria: Malaysia (Sarawak)

SASTM NEWSFLASH MALARIA - MALAYSIA: (SARAWAK) Assistant Public Health Minister Dr Jerip Susil said sharp increases in malaria cases were recorded in Penrissen and Padawan in the Kuching Division [Sarawak state]. The Bengoh assemblyman said for the 1s...

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SASTM Newsflash - Yellow Fever vaccine availability - India

SASTM NEWSFLASH YELLOW FEVER VACCINE AVAILABILITY - INDIA The Indian government has urgently procured yellow fever vaccine from multinational companies after a severe shortage resulting in people being unable to travel to African and some South American c...

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SASTM Newsflash - MERS-COV Eastern Mediterranean: United Arab Emirates, WHO, Saudi Hajj recommendations

SASTM NEWSFLASH MERS-COV - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, WHO, SAUDI HAJJ RECOMMENDATIONS The Ministry of Health (MoH) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has notified WHO of a laboratory-confirmed case of infection with Middle East ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Crimean-Congo Hemotthagic Fever - Mpumalanga farmer

SASTM NEWSFLASH CRIMEAN-CONGO HEMORRHAGIC FEVER SOUTH AFRICA: (MPUMALANGA), FARMER A farmer who has been diagnosed with Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever [CCHF], a life-threatening disease, has been admitted to a Pretoria hospital.  On Sunday [7 Jul 20...

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SASTM Newsflash - Dengue: Laos, Northern Thailand

SASTM NEWSFLASH Dengue – Laos, Northern Thailand Laos is gripped by a deadly surge in dengue fever cases, with at least 50 people dead so far this year [2013] in an outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease expected to be one of the country's worst.&nb...

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SASTM Newsflash - June 2013 NICD-NHLS Communicable diseases surveillance bulletin

SASTM Newsflash JUNE 2013 NICD-NHLS COMMUNICABLE DISEASES SURVEILLANCE BULLETIN IN THIS ISSUE : ROTAVIRUS SURVEILLANCE IN SOUTH AFRICA 2012UPDATE ON POLIO ERADICATION IN AFRICAANTIBODY RESPONSES IN THE HVTN 073E HIV VACCINE TRIALAVIAN INFLUENZA ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Legionellosis - Scotland, U.K.

SASTM NEWSFLASH LEGIONELLOSIS - UK: (SCOTLAND) Another 2 persons have been admitted to hospital with legionnaires' disease in the greater Glasgow area, taking the number of confirmed cases to 5. The 2 patients are being treated in hospital and are respond...

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SASTM Newsflash - Chikungunya: Philippines

SASTM Newsflash CHIKUNGUNYA: PHILIPPINES Health authorities in South Cotabato province have declared an outbreak of the mosquito-borne chikungunya disease in 2 villages in Tampakan town, as the suspected cases in the area have already reached 180 as of Tu...

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SASTM Newsflash - Poliomyelitis update: Kenya, Somalia, Pakistan, Global

SASTM Newsflash POLIOMYELITIS UPDATE: KENYA, SOMALIA, PAKISTAN, GLOBAL A big worry among people trying to wipe out polio is that the virus will regain a foothold, somewhere to launch a comeback -- someplace, perhaps, like Somalia. Polio has para...

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SASTM Newsflash - Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever - Bulgaria

SASTM Newsflash CRIMEAN-CONGO HEMORRHAGIC FEVER - BULGARIA: (KURDZHALI) Two cases of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), the latter reported yesterday [27 Jun 2013], were admitted to the Infectious Disease Department of "Dr. Atanas Dafovski"...

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SASTM Newsflash - Rabies - canine, human exposure Kwa-Zulu Natal

SASTM Newsflash RABIES - SOUTH AFRICA: (KWAZULU-NATAL) CANINE, HUMAN EXPOSURE A KwaZulu-Natal man has been hospitalised with suspected rabies, contracted from his dog, the agriculture and environmental affairs department said on Sunday [23 Jun 2013]. One ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Invasive mosquito - California, U.S.A.

SASTM Newsflash INVASIVE MOSQUITO - USA: (CALIFORNIA) Madera County The yellow fever mosquito (_Aedes aegypti_) was identified this week [week of 20 Jun 2013] in a several block area on the west side of the city of Madera. This aggressive day-biting ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Yellow fever - DRC

SASTM Newsflash YELLOW FEVER - AFRICA: DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF  CONGO (KASAI-ORIENTAL) The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is launching an emergency mass vaccination campaign against yellow fever from 20 Jun 2013, followin...

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SASTM Newsflash - Dengue / DHF update: Asia

SASTM Newsflash DENGUE/DHF UPDATE: ASIA Thailand (lower northeast) The number of dengue fever patients in Thailand's lower northeastern provinces is 4 times higher in the 1st 5 months of this year [2013] compared to last year [2012]. From 1 Jan-...

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SASTM Newsflash - MERS-COV, Eastern mediterranean: Saudi Arabia,WHO

SASTM Newsflash MERS-COV - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: SAUDI ARABIA, WHO MERS-CoV - update 23 Jun 2013 The Ministry of Health (MoH) in Saudi Arabia has announced 2 additional laboratory-confirmed cases and a death in a previously confirmed case of Mi...

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SASTM Newsletter - June 2013

SASTM Newsflash SASTM NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2013 Dear Members, Please find attached the June 2013 Newsletter. South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM) Phone: +27 (011) 025 3297 ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Pax tax introduced at Zambian airports

SASTM NewsflashPax tax introduced at Zambian airports 24 Mon, Jun 2013All passengers departing from Livingstone, Mfuwe, Lusaka or Ndola airports are now required to pay an infrastructure and development charge, effective immediately.International passengers de...

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SASTM Newsflash - Latest on Jomo Kenyatta

SASTM NEWSFLASHLatest on Jomo Kenyatta fire 08 Thu, Aug 2013Domestic and cargo services from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport were expected to resume yesterday afternoon following a fire at the airport yesterday morning. A set time-frame for the resumption of in...

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SASTM Newsflash - Yellow fever 10 year booster dose

SASTM Newsflash Yellow fever 10 year booster dose On 17 May, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) concluded  that a ‘booster’ dose of yellow fever (YF) vaccine, ten years aft...

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SASTM Newsflash - Update: Severe respiratory illness associated with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) worldwide 2012 - 2013

SASTM Newsflash Update: severe respiratory illness associated with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) -- worldwide, 2012-2013 CDC continues to work in consultation with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners to better ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Yellow Fever - Africa: Ethiopia and Niger

SASTM Newsflash YELLOW FEVER - AFRICA: ETHIOPIA, NIGER Update: Ethiopia and Niger This updates the previous clinical update of 21 Feb 2013. In Africa, 34 countries are considered at risk of yellow fever. In February 2013, NaTHNaC [National Travel Hea...

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SASTM Newsflash - Schengen visas: what you need to know

SASTM NewsflashSchengen visas: what you need to know 07 Fri, Jun 2013The new biometric requirements for Schengen visas led to confusion in the travel industry as European consulates prepared to make the move last week, implementing the new Visa Information System (...

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SASTM Newsflash - Dengue in Angola

SASTM NewsflashDengue in AngolaUpdated: June 03, 2013What is the current situation?An outbreak of dengue has been reported in the Luanda Province of Angola.  The capital city of Luanda (in Luanda Province) is Angola’s largest seaport, with an estima...

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SASTM Newsflash - Polio in Somalia and Kenya

SASTM Newsflash Polio in Somalia and Kenya Released: June 03, 2013 1                    What is the current situation?According to the Polio Global Er...

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SASTM Newsflash - Malaria: Cambodia, reduction

SASTM Newsflash MALARIA - CAMBODIA: REDUCTION Cambodia reported 7890 malaria cases in the 1st 4 months of this year [2013], a 54 per cent drop from 17 043 cases over the same period last year [2012], the National Center for Malaria's report showed on Tues...

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SASTM Newsflash - Streptococcus, Group A, Scarlet Fever - UK

SASTM Newsflash STREPTOCOCCUS, GROUP A, SCARLET FEVER - UK: (ENGLAND)  A Whitehaven mother is warning other parents to be vigilant after her daughter fell ill with the "uncommon" childhood disease, scarlet fever [a bacterial infection cause...

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SASTM Newsflash - Dengue / DHF Update - Africa

SASTM Newsflash DENGUE/DHF UPDATE – AFRICA AfricaAngola summary Reference:E Schwartz, E Meltzer , M Mendelson, A Tooke, F Steiner, P Gautret, B Friedrich-Jaenicke, M Libman, H Bin, A Wilder-Smith, D J Gubler, D O Freedman, P Parola. Detection o...

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SASTM Newsflash - Wild poliovirus in the Horn of Africa / Pakistan: violence against vaccination workers

SASTM NEWSFLASH Wild poliovirus in the Horn of Africa - 22 May 2013 The Horn of Africa is currently experiencing an outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1). A 4-month-old girl near Dadaab, Kenya, developed symptoms of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) on [3...

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SASTM Newsflash - NICD-NHLS Communicable Diseases Communique - May 2013

SASTM NEWSFLASH NICD-NHLS Communicable Diseases Communiqué –  May 2013 Dear SASTM Members, Please find attached the May 2013 edition of the NICD-NHLS Communicable Diseases Communiqué Contents: Seasonal influenzaNove...

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SASTM Newsflash - Guidelines for the management of acute meningitis in South Africa

SASTM Newsflash Guidelines for the management of acute meningitis in South Africa Dear SASTM members, The Guidelines for the management of acute meningitis in South Africa is available on the SASTM website under the Members Section: Articles ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Update: Volcano-Alaska, Cyclone-Bangladesh, Tornado-Texas,USA

SASTM Newsflash Update: Volcano-Alaska / Cyclone-Bangladesh / Tornado-Texas,USA Two volcanoes on alert as lava flowsLava flowed this week from two Alaskan volcanoes, with authorities placing both on the second-highest alert levels as sudden explosions are...

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SASTM Newsflash - Argentine hemorrhagic fever - Argentina (Santa Fe) suspected

SASTM Newsflash ARGENTINE HEMORRHAGIC FEVER - ARGENTINA: (SANTA FE), SUSPECTED The [Santa Fe] provincal Ministry of Health, through the Office of Health Protection and Promotion, confirmed the death of a young man who resided in Region 4 -Rosario Node, wi...

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SASTM Newsflash - New rules for Schengen visas

SASTM NewsflashNew rules for Schengen visas 15 Wed, May 2013Effective June 6, Schengen member states will start collecting fingerprints for visa applications, requiring applicants to appear in person to apply for their visas.The biometric data of the visa applicant...

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SASTM Newsflash - Typhoid fever update - Malawi, DRC and India

SASTM Newsflash  TYPHOID FEVER UPDATE – Malawi, DRC and India Malawi (Southern Region) Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) has been recording 30 000 cases of typhoid fever every month since January 2013 the hospital confirmed. "Th...

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SASTM Newsflash - Cyclone intensifies over Bangladesh, Myanmar

SASTM NewsflashCyclone intensifies over Bangladesh, Myanmar 14 Tue, May 2013 Myanmar and Bangladesh are gearing up for tropical cyclone Mahasen, which is expected to make landfall on Thursday. It is gathering strength over the Bay of Bengal and is expected to ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Thailand: Dengue update

SASTM Newsflash Thailand – Dengue update  So far this year [2013], there have been 26 000 dengue fever patients with the number of deaths recorded from the mosquito-borne disease at 33, higher than last year [2012], according to Dr Wichai Satim...

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SASTM Newsflash - Poliomyelitis update: Somalia and Global update on the polio eradication initiative

SASTM Newsflash POLIOMYELITIS UPDATE: SOMALIA AND GLOBAL  UPDATE ON THE POLIO ERADICATION INITIATIVE Wild poliovirus in Somalia- --------------------------An investigation has been launched into a preliminary report of the detection of a wild poliovi...

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SASTM Newsflash - WHO Press statement related to the Novel Coronavirus situation

SASTM Newsflash WHO Press Statement Related to the Novel Coronavirus Situation The emergence of this new coronavirus is globally recognized as an important and major challenge for all of the countries which have been affected as well as the rest of the wo...

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SASTM Newsflash - Rubella: Japan

SASTM Newsflash RUBELLA - JAPAN: STILL SPREADING Japan remains in the grip of rubella infections [German measles] with the disease spreading rapidly, and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases reports that 5442 people were diagnosed with rubella du...

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Travel Medicine Resources

SASTM Travel Medicine CourseTravel Medicine ResourcesDear Students,Please find attached additional Travel Medicine Resources from Dr Pete Vincent.  South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM) Phone: ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Imported cases of malaria overtaking indigenous cases in Sri Lanka

SASTM Newsflash Imported cases of malaria overtaking indigenous cases in Sri Lanka Health officials have warned that although malaria is on the brink of being eliminated in Sri Lanka, there could be a re-emergence of the disease due to a rise in the numbe...

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SASTM Newsflash - Human infections with the emerging avian influenza A H7N9 virus from wet market poultry: Clinical analysis and characterisation of viral genome

SASTM Newsflash  Human infections with the emerging avian influenza A H7N9 virus from wet market poultry: clinical analysis and characterisation of viral genome Source: The Lancet Background- ----------Human infection with avian influenza A H7N9...

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SASTM Newsflash - The first imported human infection with avian influenza A (H7N9) confirmed in Taiwan

SASTM Newsflash The first imported human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) confirmed in Taiwan Travelers visiting areas affected by H7N9 advised to practice good personal hygiene, avoid touching and feeding live poultry, and avoid visiting traditiona...

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SASTM Newsflash - WHO ponders preponderance of older men with H7N9

SASTM Newsflash  WHO ponders preponderance of older men with H7N9 In a new perspective article today, experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged the puzzling preponderance of older men among H7N9 influenza patients in China and sug...

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SASTM Newsflash - Prliminary report on Dengue fever in patients from Luanda, Angola diagnosed in Portugal

SASTM Newsflash Preliminary Report on Dengue fever in patients from Luanda (Angola) diagnosed in Lisbon, Portugal. Dengue fever in patients coming from Angola is being observed at our Travel Medicine Clinic and at the Infectious Disease Unit of the nearby...

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SASTM Newsflash - Tuberculosis: China: Multidrug resistant

SASTM Newsflash TUBERCULOSIS - CHINA: MULTIDRUG RESISTANT Heavily burdened by rising multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), China now has nearly 120 000 new cases on the mainland each year, according to public health experts. That accounts for 25 perc...

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SASTM Newsflash - Yellow fever: Ghana, Africa

SASTM Newsflash YELLOW FEVER - AFRICA : GHANA (UPPER WEST) The Ghana Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (GFELTP) recently participated in the investigation of a yellow fever outbreak in Jirapa district, located in the northwestern corner o...

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SASTM Newsflash - Lyme disease: USA - Increased incidence

SASTM Newsflash LYME DISEASE – USA:  INCREASED INCIDENCE  The incidence of Lyme disease has increased approximately 80 percent in the United States between 1993 and 2007, although rates vary between states, according to a new study in &quo...

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SASTM Newsflash - Avian influenza, Human: China H7N9 update

SASTM Newsflash AVIAN INFLUENZA, HUMAN: CHINA H7N9 UPDATE  The World Health Organization [WHO] said on Wednesday [17 Apr 2013] that a number of people who have tested positive for a new strain of bird flu in China have had no history of contact with ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Mumps (Western Australia)

SASTM Newsflash MUMPS - WESTERN AUSTRALIA Warning on mumps outbreak- -------------------------An outbreak of mumps in Perth has worsened, with health authorities confirming 30 cases since late December [2012] compared with the usual handful in a year. Sev...

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SASTM Newsflash - Tuberculosis: India

SASTM Newsflash TUBERCULOSIS - INDIA: (MAHARASHTRA), XDR Two cases of the dreaded extreme [extensively] drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), the world's most untreatable form of TB, have been detected in Pune district for the 1st time ever. While one pat...

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SASTM Newsflash - Malaria: Zimbabwe

SASTM Newsflash MALARIA - ZIMBABWE At least 55 deaths and 123 969 cases of malaria have been recorded this year [2013] countrywide, a 2-fold increase in prevalence of the disease compared to last year [2012], says a government official. "We have...

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SASTM Newsflash - Hepatitis A - Colombia

SASTM Newsflash HEPATITIS A - COLOMBIA  The Health Agency of the municipality of La Plata have declared an alert following an outbreak of hepatitis A affecting both urban and rural areas of the municipality. According to Zulkerine Ramirez, Coordinator of ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Rubella: Japan - Incresing incidence

SASTM Newsflash RUBELLA - JAPAN: INCREASING INCIDENCE A Rubella pandemic has continued in Japan. Especially in Tokyo, the number of reported rubella cases in a week has exceeded 100 cases over several weeks. According to the National Institute of Infectio...

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SASTM Newsflash - Cholera - South Africa and Republic of Congo

SASTM Newsflash Cholera - South Africa (Limpopo Province)Cholera - Republic of Congo (Pointe-Noire) A Zimbabwean man found to have cholera has sparked fears of an outbreak in Limpopo. The 25-year-old man was diagnosed with the infection on Wed 13 Mar 2013...

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SASTM Newsflash - Lassa fever - Nigeria

SASTM Newsflash LASSA FEVER - NIGERIA  Scientists at Nigeria's only hospital that specializes in the treatment of Lassa fever, Irrua Specialist Hospital, Benin were unanimous that this year [2013] is likely to be the worst since 1969 when the 1st case was...

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SASTM Newsflash - Sarcocystosis - Malaysia: (Tioman Island) travel related: 2012

SASTM Newsflash SARCOCYSTOSIS - MALAYSIA: (TIOMAN ISLAND) TRAVEL RELATED, 2012 Update on sarcocystis-like illness after visiting Tioman Island, Malaysia An outbreak of muscular sarcocystis-like illness has been evidenced since summer 2011 among trave...

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SASTM Newsflash - Malaria, Artemisinin resistance: Thailand-Myanmar border

SASTM Newsflash MALARIA, ARTEMISININ RESISTANCE - THAILAND-MYANMAR BORDER  Results from an observational study show that the number of reported malaria cases in children and pregnant women on the Thai-Myanmar border has decreased significantly over t...

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SASTM Newsflash - Novel Coronavirus - Saudi Arabia (WHO)

SASTM Newsflash NOVEL CORONAVIRUS - SAUDI ARABIA (WHO)  Novel coronavirus infection - update 6 Mar 2013 The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed WHO of a new confirmed case of infection with the novel coronavirus (NCoV). The pati...

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SASTM Newsflash - Bartonellosis - Peru (Amazonas)

SASTM Newsflash BARTONELLOSIS - PERU: (AMAZONAS) Since 12 Jan 2013, 40 cases of bartonellosis have been reported in Rodriguez de Mendoza province [Amazonas region]. Authorities from the Amazonas Regional Health Directorate and some district mayors ag...

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SASTM Newsflash - Yellow Fever - Darfur, Sudan

SASTM Newsflash YELLOW FEVER – DARFUR, SUDAN The health minister of West Darfur announced that the 3rd phase of the vaccination campaign against yellow fever [the disease] that reportedly killed 171 people across Darfur would be launched next Tuesda...

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SASTM Newsflash - Hand, foot and mouth disease - Maldives

SASTM Newsflash HAND, FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE - MALDIVES  The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has warned people of the spread of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in the Maldives, local media has reported. The HPA reported that the number of confirme...

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SASTM Newsflash - Dengue / DHF Update: Thailand & Kenya

SASTM Newsflash  DENGUE/DHF UPDATE: Thailand & Kenya Thailand  Public Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr Narong Sahamethapat revealed that the number of people with dengue fever exceeded 5700 people during [1 Jan-5 Feb 2013]. According ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Strike shuts Malawi airport

SASTM NewsflashStrike shuts Malawi airport 21 Thu, Feb 2013  Back to search  end of back to search button */-->Kenya Airways has confirmed that it cancelled flights to Malawi on February 20 as striking state workers closed the main internation...

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SASTM Newsflash - Mozambique visa clarification

SASTM NewsflashMozambique visa clarification 21 Thu, Feb 2013  Back to search  end of back to search button */-->Recent reports about Mozambique visas no longer being issued upon arrival are false.Last week, eTNW sister publication Tourism Upd...

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SASTM Newsflash - Hepatitis E - South Sudan

SASTM Newsflash HEPATITIS E - SOUTH SUDAN: REFUGEE CAMPS, FATALITIES The United Nations says an outbreak of hepatitis E has killed 111 refugees in camps in South Sudan since July [2012]. UN refugee agency spokesman Adrian Edwards says the influx of people...

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SASTM Newsflash - Mumps - Madrid,Spain

SASTM Newsflash MUMPS – MADRID, SPAIN  The mumps outbreak that is currently affecting some youngsters in Madrid may spread. Mumps is mild and not a "severe" disease, but there can be no room for complacency, said Dr. Antonio Alemany, ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Novel Coronavirus - Eastern Mediterranean: UK - Person to person transmission suspected

SASTM Newsflash NOVEL CORONAVIRUS - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN : UK, PERSON TO PERSON TRANSMISSION SUSPECTED  The Health Protection Agency (HPA) can confirm a further case of novel coronavirus infection in a family member of the case announced on Monday [...

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SASTM Newsflash - Rabies: Goa, India

SASTM Newsflash RABIES - INDIA: (GOA) CANINE, HUMAN  A 6 year old girl from Margao was diagnosed with rabies infection on Sunday [10 Feb 2013] at the Hospicio Hospital, Margao and is now undergoing treatment in an isolation ward. Confirming the diagn...

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SASTM Congress 2014

SASTM Congress 2014  Dear Member SASTM is planning the 2014 Congress and we would request that you complete the survey as it will help us in our planning.  Kindly note that answering the survey does not commit you to attending the 2014 Congress....

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SASTM Newsflash - Lassa Fever - Nigeria (Plateau): Fatalities

SASTM Newsflash LASSA FEVER – NIGERIA (PLATEAU) : FATALITIES Two people lost their lives on Wednesday [30 Jan 2013] in a recent outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria's middle-belt Plateau state, according to an official. Plateau State Commissioner for ...

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SASTM Newsflash - Malaria - India (Goa and Andhra Pradesh)

SASTM Newsflash MALARIA - INDIA: (GOA, ANDHRA PRADESH)  A few malaria cases have been reported among the local population and staff of barges anchored at the dry docks along the Zuari river at Cortalim (Goa). Health authorities have cautioned th...

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SASTM Newsflash - Dengue update 2013 - Asia, Pacific

SASTM Newsflash DENGUE UPDATE 2013 - ASIA, PACIFIC Thailand More than 70 000 people were infected with dengue fever last year [2012] and the spread of the tropical disease will possibly be more serious this year [2013], according to the Public Health...

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SASTM Newsflash - NICD Surveillance Report December 2012

SASTM Newsflash NICD Surveillance Report – December 2012 Dear SASTM Members, Please find attached the December Edition of the NICD Surveillance Report.   South African Society of Travel Med...

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SASTM Newsflash - poliomyelitis - Egypt ex Pakistan, Niger

SASTM Newsflash POLIOMYELITIS - EGYPT ex PAKISTAN, NIGER Pakistani health officials Monday [21 Jan 2013] called for infants leaving the country to be issued polio vaccinations at airports after virus samples linked to a southern Pakistani city were discov...

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SASTM Newsflash - Lassa fever kills 3 in Benue state, Nigeria

SASTM Newsflash Lassa fever kills 3 in Benue state, Nigeria At least 3 persons, including a medical doctor, were said to have died of Lassa fever at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Orduen Abunku...

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SASTM Newsflash - Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever patient critical - Bloemfontein

SASTM Newsflash Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever patient critical A Bloemfontein businessman is in a critical condition in a Bloemfontein hospital after contracting Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever [CCHF], reports Volksblad [newspaper]. He is the 2nd patien...

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SASTM Newsflash - Hepatitis B outbreak continues in Uganda

SASTM Newsflash Hepatitis B outbreak continues in Uganda Public health officials in Uganda's West Nile region have expressed concern about [a] persistent outbreak of hepatitis B [virus infection] that has caused the deaths of at least 29 people. The offic...

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2014 Travel Medicine Course

2014 TRAVEL MEDICINE COURSE DATE:    14 – 18 MAY 2014VENUE:   BYTES CONFERENCE CENTRE, MIDRAND, GAUTENGCOST:    R 8 800. Including VAT REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2014 TRAVEL MEDICINE COURSE AT WWW.SASTM....

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Notice and Agenda: 14th AGM of SASTM

SASTM Annual General Meeting Attached please find the Notice and Agenda of the 14th Annual  General Meeting of the South African Society of Travel Medicine  which will be held on: 11th October 2013 @ 17:30 Venue: Champagne Sports Resort, Dr...

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Posting queries and replies on the SASTM Listserve

SASTM Listserve TO POST A QUERY ON THE SASTM LISTSERVE / TO SEND A RESPONSE TO A QUERY ON THE SASTM LISTSERVE  If a Member wishes to post a query on the SASTM Listserve, please email the query to Marion at admin@sastm.org.za and the query will be loa...

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SASTM Annual General Meeting

SASTM Annual General Meeting Attached please find the Notice and Agenda of the 14th Annual General Meeting of the South African Society of Travel Medicine which will be held on: 11th October 2013 @ 17:30 Venue: Champagne Sports Resort, Drakensbe...

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