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Travel notices are designed to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific destinations. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health. See below for more information on our travel notice categories.

For country-specific information about Safety and Security, visit the US Department of State Travel Alerts and Warnings page.

For country-specific information about weather conditions, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) International Weather Selector webpage.

Alert Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

  • Updated  Ebola in Guinea Updated July 28, 2014 According to the Ministry of Health of Guinea, cases of Ebola have been confirmed in Conakry, Guékédou, Kissidougou, Macenta, Dabola, and Djingaraye prefectures. There are confirmed cases in Liberia. Suspected cases in border areas of Sierra Leone are being investigated. CDC recommends that travelers to these areas avoid contact with blood and body fluids of infected people to protect themselves. Read More >>
  • Updated  Ebola in Sierra Leone Updated July 28, 2014 As of May 27, 2014, the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health reported confirmed cases and several deaths from Ebola in the Bo, Kailahun, and Kenema Districts. CDC recommends that travelers to Sierra Leone avoid contact with blood and body fluids of infected people to protect themselves. Read More >>
  • Updated  Ebola in Liberia Updated July 28, 2014 As of March 31, 2014, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) of Liberia reported confirmed cases of Ebola in Lofa District, Liberia. CDC recommends that travelers to Liberia avoid contact with blood and body fluids of infected people to protect themselves. Read More >>
  • Updated  Polio in Syria Updated July 25, 2014 According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, 36 cases (1 case in 2014) of polio have been reported from the Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) since the outbreak began in 2013. Due to conflict in the region, immunization rates have dramatically decreased. CDC recommends that all travelers to Syria be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults should receive a one-time booster dose of polio vaccine. Read More >>
  • Updated  Polio in Equatorial Guinea Updated July 25, 2014 As of July 15, 2014, 5 cases of polio have been reported from Equatorial Guinea. Before 2014, no cases had been reported in Equatorial Guinea since 1999. CDC recommends that all travelers to Equatorial Guinea be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults should receive a one-time booster dose of polio vaccine. Read More >>
  • Updated  Polio in Cameroon Updated July 25, 2014 As of July 15, 2014, 3 cases of polio have been reported in Cameroon for 2014. There were also 4 cases reported in 2013. This outbreak of polio is the first reported in Cameroon since 2009. Read More >>
  • Updated  Polio in Ethiopia Updated July 25, 2014 According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, in 2013, 10 cases (1 case in 2014) were reported from the Somali Region of Ethiopia. These are the first wild poliovirus cases reported in Ethiopia since 2008. CDC recommends that all travelers to Ethiopia be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults should receive a one-time booster dose of polio vaccine. Read More >>
  • Updated  Polio in Iraq Updated July 25, 2014 According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, as of July 15, 2014, 2 cases of polio have been reported in a near Baghdad. Before 2014, no cases had been reported from Iraq since 2000. Read More >>
  • Updated  Polio in Somalia Updated July 25, 2014 According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, as of July 15, 2014, 4 cases have been reported in Somalia for 2014. In 2013, 194 cases of polio were reported from Somalia. These are the first wild poliovirus cases reported in Somalia since 2007. CDC recommends that all travelers to Somalia be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults should receive a one-time booster dose of polio vaccine. Read More >>
  • Schistosomiasis in Corsica (France) Released June 13, 2014 According to the European Centre for Disease Control, 6 people were infected with schistosomiasis on the island of Corsica (France). All of the travelers were exposed to the freshwater in the Cavu River and had not traveled to other areas where schistosomiasis is known to occur. CDC recommends that travelers to the island of Corsica avoid exposure to freshwater to prevent schistosomiasis. Read More >>
  • Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia Released June 04, 2014 The annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is among the largest mass gatherings in the world. Hajj draws about 3 million Muslims from around the world, and more than 11,000 Americans make the pilgrimage each year. This year, Hajj will take place from approximately October 2–7, 2014. Umrah is a similar pilgrimage that can be undertaken at any time of the year, but it is likely to be more crowded during the month of Ramadan (approximately June 28 to July 28, 2014) than at other times of the year. Read More >>
  • MERS in the Arabian Peninsula Updated May 21, 2014 Cases of MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) have been identified in multiple countries in the Arabian Peninsula. There have also been cases in several other countries in travelers who have been to the Arabian Peninsula and, in some instances, their close contacts. If you are traveling to countries in or near the Arabian Peninsula,* CDC recommends that you pay attention to your health during and after your trip. Read More >>
  • Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines Updated April 10, 2014 Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda) hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013. CDC recommends that travelers to the Philippines take precautions to protect their health and safety. Read More >>

Watch Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

  • New!  Chikungunya in Costa Rica Released July 29, 2014 As of July 15, 2014, 2 chikungunya cases were confirmed in Costa Rica. Beginning in June, Costa Rica reported locally transmitted cases for the first time. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. CDC recommends that travelers to Costa Rica protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • New!  Chikungunya in Venezuela Released July 29, 2014 As of July 14, 2014, 43 chikungunya cases were confirmed in Venezuela. Beginning in June, Venezuela reported locally transmitted cases for the first time. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. CDC recommends that travelers to Venezuela protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Updated  Measles in the Philippines Updated July 28, 2014 According to the World Health Organization, about 40,000 cases of measles (31,508 suspected cases and 9,149 confirmed cases) and 70 measles deaths were reported in the Philippines from January 1 through June 20, 2014. CDC recommends that travelers to the Philippines protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles. Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally. Read More >>
  • New!  Chikungunya in French Guiana Released July 25, 2014 As of June 14, 2014, 390 chikungunya cases were reported in French Guiana. In December 2013, French Guiana reported locally transmitted cases for the first time. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. CDC recommends that travelers to French Guiana protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • New!  Chikungunya in El Salvador Released July 25, 2014 As of July 12, 2014, 37 chikungunya cases were confirmed in El Salvador. In June 2014, El Salvador reported locally transmitted cases for the first time. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. CDC recommends that travelers to the El Salvador protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • New!  Chikungunya in Suriname Released July 25, 2014 As of June 27, 2014, 13 cases of chikungunya were confirmed in Suriname. In June 2014, Suriname reported locally transmitted cases for the first time. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. CDC recommends that travelers to Suriname protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • New!  Chikungunya in Guyana Released July 25, 2014 As of June 7, 2014, 16 cases of chikungunya were confirmed in Guyana. In May 2014, Guyana reported locally transmitted cases for the first time. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people.CDC recommends that travelers to Guyana protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Updated  Chikungunya in the Caribbean Updated July 18, 2014 In December 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported cases of chikungunya in Saint Martin. Additional cases were reported in other islands in the Caribbean. This is the first time that local transmission of chikungunya has been reported in the Americas. CDC recommends that travelers to the Caribbean protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Measles in the Federated States of Micronesia Released June 27, 2014 A measles outbreak is ongoing in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The 4 states in FSM are Yap, Chuuk, Kosrae, and Pohnpei. The states together comprise more than 600 islands. Measles has been reported in two of the states: Kosrae and Pohnpei. As of June 18, 2014, in the state of Kosrae, there have been 158 suspected cases of measles (30 confirmed by testing). In the state of Pohnpei, there have been 47 measles cases reported (9 confirmed by testing). A vaccination campaign has been completed in Kosrae and one is underway in Pohnpei. Read More >>
  • Dengue in Tanzania Released June 26, 2014 The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Tanzania declared a dengue outbreak in February 2014. According to the World Health Organization, as of May 30, 2014, the outbreak has spread to 7 regions on the mainland and 2 regions in Zanzibar. The capital, Dar es Salaam, (Kinondoni, Temeke, and Ilala districts) have the highest number of cases. There have been more than 1,000 confirmed cases and 4 deaths. Read More >>
  • Malaria in Egypt Released June 26, 2014 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received information that 19 locally transmitted malaria cases have been reported in one village in Aswan Governorate in Egypt. The Aswan governorate is along the southern part of the Nile River (see map). These are the first malaria cases seen in Egypt since 1998. For more information see the Malaria Outbreak in Egypt article on the CDC Malaria website. Read More >>
  • Avian Flu (H7N9) in China Updated June 19, 2014 According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been more than 400 confirmed human cases of avian influenza A (H7N9) with more than 125 deaths reported from China since April 2013 and one case from Malaysia. CDC recommends travelers not touch animals, eat food that is fully cooked, and practice regular hand washing to protect themselves. Read More >>
  • Cholera in the Dominican Republic Updated June 19, 2014 An outbreak of cholera has been ongoing in the Dominican Republic since November 2010. Cases continue to be reported but in smaller numbers than earlier in the outbreak. Read More >>
  • World Cup in Brazil Updated June 19, 2014 If you plan to travel to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, follow the recommendations to help you stay safe and healthy. Read More >>
  • Cholera in Cuba Updated June 19, 2014 According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Cuban health authorities have reported more than 700 cases of cholera, including 3 deaths, since July 2012. The outbreak is ongoing, and cases have been reported from the provinces of Artemisa, Camaguey, Granma, Guantanamo, Havana, and Santiago de Cuba. Several cases were reported in travelers returning from Cuba, including travelers from the United States. Read More >>
  • Zika Fever in French Polynesia (Tahiti) Updated June 19, 2014 The French Polynesia Department of Health has confirmed an outbreak of Zika fever in the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora, Huahine, Nuku Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Pou, Hao, Rangiroa, Fakarava, Tikehau, Takaroa Ahe and Arutua. The Department of Health is working to improve surveillance. CDC recommends that travelers to French Polynesia protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Zika Fever in Easter Island Updated June 19, 2014 On January 28, 2014, the Ministry of Health of Chile confirmed their first locally acquired case of Zika fever in a resident of Easter Island. The Ministry of Health is working to control the outbreak. CDC recommends that travelers to Easter Island protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Cholera in Haiti Updated June 19, 2014 An outbreak of cholera has been ongoing in Haiti since October 2010. Cases continue to be reported but in smaller numbers than earlier in the outbreak. Cases have been reported in all 10 departments of Haiti. Read More >>
  • Zika Fever in New Caledonia Updated June 19, 2014 The Board for Health and Social Affairs of New Caledonia has confirmed an outbreak of Zika fever. As of May 7, 2014, 1,262 cases have been laboratory confirmed. The government of New Caledonia is working to control the outbreak. CDC recommends that travelers to New Caledonia protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Sarcocystosis in Malaysia Released June 13, 2014 CDC has received reports of more than 6 patients with suspected acute muscular sarcocystosis. Because sarcocystosis is spread through food or water contaminated with animal waste, travelers are advised to avoid contact with animals, to eat and drink safe food and water, and to wash hands frequently. Read More >>
  • Measles in Vietnam Released June 02, 2014 According to Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, about 8,700 suspected measles cases and 112 deaths from measles were reported in Vietnam as of April 18, 2014. CDC recommends that travelers to Vietnam protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles. Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in Tonga Released April 18, 2014 As of April 9, 2014, 20 cases of chikungunya have been reported in the Kingdom of Tonga. The Kingdom of Tonga is an independent Polynesian sovereign state made up of 176 islands in the southern Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. CDC recommends that travelers to Tonga protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) Updated April 10, 2014 The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) has reported an outbreak of chikungunya in the State of Yap. Read More >>
  • Zika Fever in Cook Islands Released April 07, 2014 Health authorities in the Cook Islands have reported an outbreak of Zika fever. This is the first time that Zika fever has been reported in the Cook Islands. As of March 23, 2014, 49 laboratory-confirmed cases and 648 suspected cases have been reported. The areas of Rarotonga and Aitutaki are most affected by the outbreak. Health authorities are working to control the outbreak. Read More >>
  • Cholera in Mexico Updated December 20, 2013 There have been 184 confirmed cholera cases, including one death, reported in Mexico since August 2013. Mexican health authorities continue to work to control the outbreak. Read More >>

 

 
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