FijiPotential health risks in FijiDec 19, 2012
As reported by TravelCare International, a State of Natural Disaster has been declared following damage done by Cyclone Evan through the western coastal areas. There is significant disruption of power and water supplies, and flood advisories are in place in low-lying areas.
Currently, no casualties have been reported and no outbreaks of disease. However, a rise in the numbers of typhoid and dengue fever cases may occur.
Travelers to Fiji should consult a travel medicine physician for vaccine recommendations and health assessment. Travelers should consider Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and typhoid vaccinations. Increased risk of leptospirosisMay 01, 2012
Increased risk of leptospirosis
International SOS is reporting that cases of leptospirosis have surged in the western and central regions of Viti Levu Island. More than 230 people have been infected following the floods in late January 2012, with at least 20 deaths. Residents are being urged to seek early medical attention if they develop any symptoms.
Outbreaks of leptospirosis are common in Fiji. Dengue fever has also increased in recent months, due to the floods.
A variety of animals carry the bacteria that causes leptospirosis. The animals usually do not show signs of the disease even though their bodily fluids contain the disease. Water and soil can be contaminated and the bacteria can last for weeks or even months in the environment.
Some infected people experience no symptoms while others develop a mild illness. These symptoms include fever, chills, muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea, cough and red eyes. A small number of people will have more serious symptoms. For more information, go to www.cdc.gov