The New Epidemic – Zika Virus

Zika Virus expands its’ grip

Dr Rowena Sheppard, TMA Cressy Clinic Goondiwindi, Qld

Dominating the headlines, particularly for travellers to South America, is the very recent information on spread of mosquito borne Zika Virus, with notifications now in at least 30 countries, some in alarming numbers.

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Zika Virus in Brazil

Zika Virus outbreak in Brazil causes panic

Dr Donald Leitch Shoal Bay and Anna Bay TMA clinic NSW

The mosquito-borne Zika virus was first recognised in Brazil in May 2015. Brazilian authorities estimate that between 500,000 and 1.5 million people  have caught Zika virus in the past year. Zika causes a relatively mild flu like illness in most persons – a bit like Dengue fever.

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Polio on the Rise

If you’re going backpacking Asia then maybe you should read this!

Polio is back, and Typhoid is close behind!

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Plague has not gone away

Plague or the Black death is rare in the world, but has not gone away. Plague epidemics have occurred in Africa, Asia, and South America but most human cases since the 1990s have occurred in Africa. Plague was first introduced into the United States in 1900, by rat–infested steamships that had sailed from affected areas, mostly from Asia. Recently health officials in Salt Lake City confirmed a Utah resident died from plague.  Since April 1st 2015, a total of 12 cases of human plague have been reported in residents of seven states of the USA: Arizona (two). California (one), Colorado (four), New Mexico (two), Oregon (one) and Utah (one).

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To Climb a Mountain

What does it take to climb a mountain?

 

Curiosity, a burning desire, a challenge (personal or external), a social conscience…

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Survival Tips for Bali

23 Survival tips for Bali:

Having promised the kids an overseas holiday, Bali was the ideal choice. The most expensive part is the flights and accommodation – although there are plenty of bargains to be had. Day to day living expenses are cheap. Whilst there, I wrote some “notes to self’ to share with our readers.

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The Flu Vaccine

Should I have the Flu Vaccine?

Travellers risk coming into contact with influenza in airports where thousands of people gather from around the globe, bringing their various illnesses with them. The influenza vaccine, (flu shot) is a safe, killed derivative of three influenza strains. It is cheap and very effective against the strains in the vaccine. If you catch influenza it is certainly a holiday stopper and can even be fatal. Would I risk travelling without my “ Flu “ vaccine? No, not when for such a small inconvenience I could be saved from such a potentially dangerous illness.

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How to Bug your Travel Doctor

How to bug your Travel Doctor;

A tongue in cheek look at questions/problems we face.

Dr John Kenafake – Sunshine Coast

Below are some of the day to day questions asked to Travel Doctors.

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Scabies and Rabies

Scabies and Rabies: A personal journey in Morocco

 

She bared her teeth and raced furiously towards me, slobber dripping from her mouth while my wife and I stood statue-still, trying not to look like victims. What are you meant to do in this situation? Turn around? Make a noise? Run? Stand still? Despite my best efforts to not look like a threat, the dog continued to run towards me.

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Ross River Virus Outbreak

Outbreaks closer to home – 2015

Dr Fauzie Le Duc – TMA Member Nerang

Ross river virus is a virus transmitted through mosquito bites that affects Australia and the Pacific Islands.  There is a current alert with increased numbers of infections in Queensland and New South Wales.

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