Africa

A continent diverse as it is large, there’s no two trips to Africa that are the same. Whatever adventures you have planned for your African adventure, there are some things that you don’t want to experience. Check the tabs below for useful information and make a booking with your doctor at GSH to receive customised advice specific for your trip.

Infectious diseases present include

  • Yellow Fever, endemic in 30 African countries – and a requirement for re-entry to Australia if travelling in endemic countries
  • Polio, high risk in Nigeria)
  • Hepatitis B, most prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Typhoid, higher risk in Northern and Western Africa
  • Cholera, occurs predominantly in rural areas
  • Meningococcal, Particularly high risk in Sub-Saharan Africa – see map
  • Hepatitis A, Rabies, Dengue, Malaria

Considerations

  • 40% of visitors may develop diarrhoea within the first week of travel
  • Medical facilities in urban areas are usually readily available, but may be limited elsewhere
  • Flu shot: Consider this immunisation, especially if embarking on winter travel
  • Intending to visit farms/game reserves? Avoid contact with animal tissues or blood and drinking unpasteurised milk
  • Wear appropriate clothing: Protect yourself from sun, cold and mosquitoes
  • Mosquito repellent: Always carry and regularly apply
  • Antimalarial medication: Your doctor will advise if and what medication is required
  • Water: Don’t assume tap water is safe to drink, even in built up areas
  • Avoid raw or uncooked food: Boil it, cook it, peel it or forget it

Be aware of

  • High levels of crime. Exercise extreme caution
  • Very high HIV/AIDS rates. Always practice safe sex
  • Malaria: Spread by mosquitoes, practice bite prevention
  • Animals: Diseases such as rabies are carried by dogs, bats and monkeys
  • Lakes and streams: Water may be contaminated and carry disease

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