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Travel Health Notices

Types of Notices

Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel
Alert Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions
Watch Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

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Current Notices

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.

Warning Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel

  • Ebola in Sierra Leone June 17, 2015 CDC urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Sierra Leone and Guinea because of unprecedented outbreaks of Ebola in those countries. CDC recommends that travelers to these countries protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick, because of the possibility they may be sick with Ebola. Read More >>
  • Ebola in Guinea June 17, 2015 CDC urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Guinea and Sierra Leone because of unprecedented outbreaks of Ebola in those countries. CDC recommends that travelers to these countries protect themselves by avoiding contact with the blood and body fluids of people who are sick, because of the possibility they may be sick with Ebola. Read More >>

Alert Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

  • Ebola in Liberia July 02, 2015 CDC is no longer recommending that US residents avoid nonessential travel to Liberia. However, CDC recommends that US residents practice enhanced precautions when traveling to Liberia. Read More >>
  • Hajj and Umrah in Saudi Arabia June 17, 2015 The annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is among the largest mass gatherings in the world. If you plan to travel to Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah, follow CDC’s recommendations, such as being up-to-date on your vaccines, to help keep you safe and healthy. Read More >>
  • Polio in Cameroon May 14, 2015 As of August 11, 2014, 5 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 >>
  • MERS in the Arabian Peninsula May 14, 2015 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. Read More >>
  • Polio in Somalia May 14, 2015 According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, as of August 11, 2014, 5 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 >>

Watch Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

  • New  Measles in Democratic Republic of the Congo August 27, 2015 An ongoing measles outbreak has been reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. CDC recommends that travelers to the Democratic Republic of the Congo 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 >>
  • Earthquake in Nepal July 08, 2015 On Saturday, April 25, 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck 48 miles (77 km) northwest of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, causing avalanches around Mount Everest and several aftershocks. In Kathmandu, conditions are returning to normal. In the worst-affected areas outside Kathmandu, damage is more widespread and severe. Recovery efforts in these areas are ongoing, and access to basic resources, such as food, water, fuel, and communications, could be limited. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in the Pacific Islands July 06, 2015 The Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network (PacNet) has reported local transmission of chikungunya in several islands in the central and south Pacific Ocean. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. Read More >>
  • MERS in the Republic of Korea June 29, 2015 On May 20, the Republic of Korea reported its first laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). All transmission has been linked to health care facilities where MERS patients were treated. Read More >>
  • Zika in Brazil June 11, 2015 On May 14, 2015, the Ministry of Health in Brazil confirmed 16 locally transmitted cases of Zika. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in Brazil have been infected with Zika and are spreading it to people. infected with Zika and are spreading it to people. Cases have been reported in several states throughout the country. CDC recommends that travelers to Brazil protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Dengue in Brazil May 26, 2015 According to Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), as of May 8, 2015, 745,957 cases of dengue fever, including 229 deaths, have been reported in Brazil in 2015. Travelers to Brazil should protect themselves against mosquito bites to avoid getting dengue. Read More >>
  • Measles in Kyrgyzstan May 26, 2015 Kyrgyzstan is experiencing an ongoing measles outbreak. CDC recommends that travelers to Kyrgyzstan protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles, particularly infants and children. Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally. Read More >>
  • H5N1 Bird Flu in Egypt May 26, 2015 CDC recommends that travelers to Egypt protect themselves from H5N1 by avoiding contact with wild birds, live or uncooked poultry, and body fluids from birds and poultry. Read More >>
  • HFMD in Japan May 26, 2015 According to the World Health Organization, as of April 22, Japan has reported more than 19,400 cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) in 2015. Since the middle of March, weekly case numbers of HFMD have increased and are higher than in previous years. CDC recommends that travelers to Japan follow recommendations for hygiene and cleanliness to avoid HFMD. Read More >>
  • Dengue in Malaysia May 26, 2015 According to the World Health Organization, as of April 11,, 2015, more than 35,700 cases of dengue fever, including 108 deaths, have been reported in Malaysia in 2015. Travelers to Malaysia should protect themselves against mosquito bites to avoid getting dengue. Read More >>
  • Measles in Germany May 26, 2015 As of May 11, 2015, the Berlin Senate Department of Health and Social Affairs has reported more than 1,700 cases of measles. CDC recommends that travelers to Germany 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 >>
  • Avian Flu (H7N9) in China May 26, 2015 According to the World Health Organization, 665 cases and 229 deaths from H7N9 flu have been reported globally from March 2013 through May 9, 2015, most from the mainland of China. Smaller numbers of cases have been identified in travelers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Canada. CDC advises people traveling to China to avoid contact with poultry (including poultry markets and farms), birds, and their droppings. There are no recommendations against travel to China. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in Mexico May 26, 2015 Beginning in October 2014, locally transmitted cases of chikungunya have been reported in Mexico. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in Mexico have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. CDC recommends that travelers to Mexico protect themselves from chikungunya by preventing mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Measles in Ethiopia May 26, 2015 According to the World Health Organization, Ethiopia is experiencing an ongoing measles outbreak. CDC recommends that travelers to Ethiopia 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 >>
  • Meningococcal Disease in Niger May 15, 2015 As of May 10, 2015, a total of 5,855 suspected cases of meningococcal disease and 406 deaths have been reported in Niger. Most cases have occurred in the districts of Niamey, Dioundiou (Gaya), Tibiri (Doutchi), Dosso, Kollo, and Oualla. CDC recommends that travelers to Niger get vaccinated with quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine, which protects against N. meningitidis serogroups A, C, W, and Y. Travelers who continue to be at risk should receive a booster dose every 5 years. Read More >>
  • Meningococcal Disease in Nigeria May 15, 2015 As of March 29, 2015, a total of 1,346 cases of meningitis, including 50 deaths, have been reported from the Nigerian states of Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara. CDC recommends that travelers to Nigeria get vaccinated with quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine, which protects against N. meningitidis serogroups A, C, W, and Y. Travelers who continue to be at risk should receive a booster dose every 5 years. Read More >>
  • Mumps in Scotland May 15, 2015 As of March 22, 2015, Health Protection Scotland has reported 242 confirmed mumps cases in 2015. CDC recommends that travelers to Scotland protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against mumps before travel. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in the Caribbean May 14, 2015 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 >>
  • Malaria in Brazil May 14, 2015 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received information that 23 locally transmitted malaria (Plasmodium vivax) cases have been reported in the state of Rio de Janerio from January 17 through February 25, 2015. Also, from March 3 through March 13, 2015, 5 locally transmitted (Plasmodium vivax) cases have been reported in the state of Goias. Local transmission means that mosquitoes have been infected with malaria and are spreading it to people. CDC recommends that travelers to the central, mountainous, forested areas of Rio de Janiero State and Goias State in Brazil protect the Read More >>
  • Measles in Bosnia and Herzegovina May 14, 2015 As of February 2015, the Federal Institute of Public Health in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has reported more than 3,800 cases since January 2014. Most of the cases have been in 3 Central Bosnia Canton municipalities: Bugojno, Fojnica, and Travnik. CDC recommends that travelers to Bosnia and Herzegovina 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 >>
  • Hand, Foot, and Mouth (HFMD) Disease in Singapore May 14, 2015 According to the World Health Organization, Singapore has reported more than 4,000 cases of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) during January and February 2015. CDC recommends that travelers to Singapore follow recommendations for hygiene and cleanliness to avoid HFMD. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in South America May 14, 2015 In December 2013, French Guiana reported locally transmitted cases for the first time in South America. 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 South America protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Chikungunya in Central America May 14, 2015 In June 2014, El Salvador reported locally transmitted cases for the first time in Central America. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area have been infected with chikungunya and are spreading it to people. Local transmission of chikungunya is now being reported in other countries in Central America. CDC recommends that travelers to the Central America protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • 2015 World Expo in Milan, Italy May 14, 2015 The 2015 World Exposition will be held in Milan, Italy, from May 1, 2015, through October 31, 2015. Take some simple precautions to help you stay safe and healthy. Read More >>

 

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