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Yellow Fever outbreaks remain a problem in Brazil. In January 2017, health authorities reported over 100 suspected cases of yellow fever in the state of Minas Gerais. Death rate in laboratory confirmed cases was over 50%. The previous outbreak in Minas Gerais (2002-2003) caused over 60 cases with a death rate of almost 40%. Travellers are reminded to check yellow fever vaccination requirements for travel. See travel health reports and our fact sheets for further information.
A healthcare worker in Kampala died in September 2014 from Marburg Virus Disease (MVD), which is caused by Marburg virus a filovirus from the same family as Ebola. Authorities have implemented surveillance and contact tracing measures. See health reports for further information.
The Medical Director of Travel Health Advisor is A/Prof. Bernie Hudson MBBS (Hons).DTPH.FACTM.FAFPHM.FRACP.FRCPA. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine & Rehabilitation Sciences at James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, and a specialist Clinical Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician, who holds specialist qualifications in pathology (microbiology), internal medicine (infectious diseases), public health and tropical medicine. He also holds a position as Clinical Senior Lecturer in Infectious Diseases at Sydney University. Bernie Hudson is a pioneer of travel health in Australia, having been, since its inception in 1988, the Medical Director of Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad MASTA (ANZ), now known in Australia and New Zealand as Travel Health Advisor.
In December 2013, local transmission of chikungunya virus infection was described for the first time in the Caribbean. The cases were detected on the island of Saint Martin. Chikungunya virus infection causes high fever, headache and joint pains. It is rarely fatal but needs to be distinguished from dengue virus infection, both of which are transmitted by mosquito bite. The concern that the infection will spread to other Caribbean islands has proven well-founded with cases now being reported from other Caribbean islands. See health reports for additional details.