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UK health authorities warn travelers to Brazil World Cup about tropical diseases

Friday, March 7th 2014 - 03:08 UTC
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Preventive vaccination and anti malarial tablets are recommended Preventive vaccination and anti malarial tablets are recommended

UK's Public Health England (PHE) and National Travel Health Network and Center (NaTHNaC9 have produced a factsheet for football fans going to Brazil for the FIFA Football World Cup from 12 June to 13 July 2014 with information on how to stay healthy and keep safe.

 Dr. Jane Jones, a travel health expert at PHE, warned that “a number of tropical diseases like malaria, dengue and yellow fever occur in parts of Brazil, and there are also a range of other potential health hazards. Our factsheet aims to raise awareness of these risks so that people attending the World Cup can protect their health while enjoying their trip.

Dr. Dipti Patel, joint director at NaTHNaC, commissioned by PHE, also had something to say.

”We would encourage fans to seek travel health advice early, ideally 4 to 6 weeks before travel, to ensure they have ample time to organize any preventive measures like vaccinations or anti malarial tablets that they may need. It’s also very important that people take out comprehensive health insurance.

“Just a little thought and some sensible practices could avoid any unpleasant illnesses which could ruin your World Cup experience.

”We also advise fans to refer to the NaTHNaC country information pages, for travel health advice specific to Brazil”.

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  • Hepatia

    This warning combined with the warnings about the consequences of pedophilia should serve to keep most British away from Brazil. Those that do manage to make it will have a high change of being killed.

    Mar 07th, 2014 - 04:55 am 0
  • Xect

    Meanwhile back in the real world........ @1

    The talk of disease is very real but hopefully by taking the correct precautions the downsides will be minimized.

    Mar 07th, 2014 - 08:02 am 0
  • Highlander One

    Unless you are going up the Amazon and sleeping with the locales you will not need any of this advise. Visiting Rio and San Paulo is not a health risk.

    Mar 07th, 2014 - 09:29 am 0
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