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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

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.

Alert Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

  • Updated  Polio in Cameroon Updated April 17, 2014 As of January 31, 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 Syria Updated April 17, 2014 As of April 3, 2014, 27 cases 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 >>
  • New!  Polio in Equatorial Guinea Updated April 17, 2014 As of March 20, 2014, 1 case of polio has been reported from Equatorial Guinea. The case is in Centro Sur Province close to the border with Cameroon, where an outbreak is already occurring. This is the first polio case reported from the country since 1999. Read More >>
  • Updated  Ebola in Guinea Updated April 10, 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 >>
  • New!  Ebola in Liberia Released April 10, 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 Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia Updated April 10, 2014 In 2013, 194 cases of polio were reported from Somalia 14 polio cases were reported from Kenya and ten cases (one case in 2014) were reported from the Somali Region of Ethiopia. These are the first wild poliovirus cases reported in Somalia since 2007, in Kenya since July 2011, and in Ethiopia since 2008. CDC recommends that all travelers to Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia be fully vaccinated against polio. In addition, adults should receive a one-time booster dose of polio vaccine. Read More >>
  • Updated  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 >>
  • New!  Polio in Iraq Released April 07, 2014 According to the Iraqi Ministry of Health, as of March 21, 2014, 1 case of polio has been reported in a suburb northeast of Baghdad. This is the first polio case reported from Iraq since 2000. Read More >>

Watch Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

  • New!  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 >>
  • Updated  Cholera in Cuba Updated April 10, 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 >>
  • Updated  Zika Fever in New Caledonia Updated April 10, 2014 The Board for Health and Social Affairs of New Caledonia has confirmed an outbreak of Zika fever. CDC recommends that travelers to New Caledonia protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Updated  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 >>
  • Updated  Avian Flu (H7N9) in China Updated April 10, 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 >>
  • Updated  Chikungunya in the Caribbean Updated April 10, 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. Read More >>
  • Updated  World Cup in Brazil Updated April 10, 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 >>
  • New!  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 >>
  • Measles in the Philippines Updated March 18, 2014 According to the Philippines Department of Health, 15,683 suspected cases of measles (3,434 confirmed cases) and 23 measles deaths were reported in the country from January 1 through February 15, 2014. CDC recommends that travelers to the Philippines protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles, particularly infants 6–11 months of age (1 dose of measles vaccine) and children 12 months of age or older (2 doses of measles vaccine). Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internatio Read More >>
  • Zika Fever in Easter Island Released March 17, 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. CDC recommends that travelers to Easter Island protect themselves from mosquito bites. Read More >>
  • Zika Fever in French Polynesia (Tahiti) Updated February 13, 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. Read More >>
  • Cholera in Haiti Updated January 22, 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 >>
  • Cholera in the Dominican Republic Updated January 22, 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 >>
  • H5N1 Avian Flu: First imported case in Canada Released January 17, 2014 On January 8, 2014, Canadian health officials reported a case of H5N1 avian influenza (sometimes called bird flu) in a Canadian traveler who had returned from Beijing, China. The traveler died. Read More >>
  • Yellow Fever in Sudan Released January 08, 2014 As of December 3, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported 44 suspected cases of yellow fever, including 14 deaths, from October 3 to November 24, 2013. Read More >>
  • Measles in Turkey Updated December 20, 2013 As of November 11, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported 7,132 confirmed measles cases in Turkey during 2013, up from approximately 700 reported cases in all of 2012. The Turkish Ministry of Health is working to address 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 >>
  • Measles in Indonesia Released December 09, 2013 As of November 11, 2013, the World Health Organization has reported more than 6,300 confirmed measles cases in Indonesia during 2013. In July 2013, a US traveler returned from Indonesia with measles and spread the disease in a Texas community. In October, five Australians were diagnosed with measles after returning from Bali. Read More >>
  • A Novel Coronavirus Called "MERS-CoV" in the Arabian Peninsula Updated December 01, 2013 Cases of respiratory illness caused by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been identified in multiple countries. Read More >>

 

 
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