Travellers' health

This page provides information for travellers and public health authorities about 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 travellers’ health.

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Rapid risk assessment: Public health risks related to communicable diseases during the hajj 2019, Saudi Arabia, 9–14 August 2019

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World Youth Day 2019 - information for travellers

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Rapid risk assessment: Monkeypox cases in the UK imported by travellers returning from Nigeria, 2018

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Rapid risk assessment: Carbapenemase-producing (OXA-48) Klebsiella pneumoniae ST392 in travellers previously hospitalised in Gran Canaria, Spain

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Peer-Reviewed Publication

Travel-associated hepatitis A in Europe, 2009 to 2015

May 2018

Monthly measles and rubella monitoring reports

Dengue worldwide overview

Cholera worldwide overview

Chikungunya worldwide overview

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Rapid risk assessment: Public health risks related to communicable diseases during the hajj 2019, Saudi Arabia, 9–14 August 2019

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World Youth Day 2019 - information for travellers

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Rapid risk assessment: Mass gathering event, FIFA World Cup, Russia 2018

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Rapid Risk Assessment: Public health risks related to communicable diseases during the Hajj 2017, Saudi Arabia, 30 August – 4 September 2017

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Rapid Risk Assessment: Potential public health risks related to communicable diseases at the WorldPride festival in Madrid, 23 June–2 July 2017

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Communicable disease threats report, 6-12 October 2019, week 41

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Communicable disease threats report, 29 September-5 October 2019, week 40

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Communicable disease threats report, 22-28 September 2019, week 39

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Communicable disease threats report, 15-21 September 2019, week 38

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Communicable disease threats report, 8-14 September 2019, week 37

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Active threats and outbreaks

Active threats and outbreaks

Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (North Kivu and Ituri)
The number of cases and affected areas continues to increase. It is unlikely that the outbreak will be controlled in the near future. Find out more

Measles
Large outbreaks with fatalities are ongoing in EU countries that had previously eliminated or interrupted endemic transmission. Find out more

Upcoming mass gatherings

2019 Rugby World Cup (20 September - 2 November 2019)

The 2019 Rugby World Cup will take place from 20 September to 2 November 2019 in Japan. Approximately 400 000 to 600 000 fans are expected. Travellers to Japan for this event should consult their healthcare provider regarding routine and travel vaccinations, and ensure they are fully vaccinated according to their national vaccination schedule.

Vaccination with two doses of measles and rubella- containing vaccines is advised for unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated adults and children. Regarding Japanese encephalitis, systematic vaccination is not necessary for short stays in urban areas. Travellers should practise respiratory hygiene and follow good hand hygiene practices: wash hands often with soap and water or use alcohol gel after the toilet and before eating. Additionally, they should take measures to reduce the risk for insect bites and practice safe sex practices to avoid sexually transmitted infections.