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Influenza Season 2015

When is influenza season? Influenza also called flu is an acute viral respiratory infection, transmitted by the influenza virus. This virus has three main types A, B and C. Influenza A is classified into different subtypes. The currently circulating seasonal viruses...

Children and Malaria

My wife and I would like to plan a trip to the Kruger National Park with our small children. At what age can you start giving malaria preventative medication to children? Technically, as soon as they weigh over 5kg. However, I wouldn’t advise children under five...

Pertussis / Whooping cough

Pertussis / Whooping cough Mode Of Infection Pertussis (Whooping cough) is caused by the bacterium, Bordetella pertussis. It is highly contagious, easily transmitted form person to person by droplets. It occurs mainly in infants and young children, and is easily...

Ebola Virus Disease

EBOLA / VIRAL HAEMORRHAGIC FEVER IN PERSPECTIVE   WHAT IS A VIRAL HAEMORRHAGIC FEVER? A group of illnesses caused by several distinct families of viruses. In general, the term “viral haemorrhagic fever” is used to describe a severe multisystem...

Preparing for Beijing

PREPARING FOR BEIJING Author: Dr. De Frey Source: Travel Doctor The Olympic Games in Beijing and other cities in China are expected to attract 600 000 foreign visitors and athletes and up to 2.5 million domestic visitors and volunteers. In a study published in the...

Staying Healthy

STAYING HEALTHY Author: Dr. De Frey Source: Travel Doctor The best-laid travel plans can go awry if you fall ill while travelling. By taking the following precautions you can minimise your risk to a great extent …   Prevent insect bites Many diseases, like...

Be aware of Dengue & Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever

BE AWARE OF DENGUE & DENGUE HAEMORRHAGIC FEVER Author: Dr. De Frey Source: Travel Doctor Dengue is a day biting mosquito-borne infection which has become a major international public health concern in recent decades. It causes a severe flu-like illness, and...

Cholera outbreak – Southern Africa

CHOLERA OUTBREAK – SOUTHERN AFRICA Author: Dr De Frey Source: Travel Doctor Cholera is an age old scourge that strikes fear in the minds of people all over the world now, as it did in the mid 1800’s when cholera swept through London and Dr John Snow finally...

Rabies kills one person every 10 minutes

RABIES KILLS ONE PERSON EVERY 10 MINUTES Author: Press release from Sanofi Source: Health24   A rabies control report says an estimated 55 000 people die of rabies every year, but most deaths could have been prevented. The global alliance for rabies control says...