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Worldwide Health Alert

Updated on 1 November 2018.

Natural disasters generate ideal conditions for the development and outbreak of infectious diseases. Most viral diseases are common with large, displaced populations. Respiratory, Lower intestine and vector-borne diseases are the most common after a natural disaster.

While not all outbreaks are caused by natural disasters, it’s important to understand that many diseases can be prevented through proper vaccination.

Below is a list of diseases and countries currently experiencing outbreaks:

Direct Contact w/Infected Birds and Contaminated Water/Food

China, Hong Kong


Hong Kong, Philippines, Mexico, India, Thailand, Brazil, throughout Africa

Contaminated Water/Food

Thailand, India, Israel, Philippines

Contaminated Water

Italy, Portugal

Direct Contact w/Infected Person

Ukraine, Romania, Brazil, France, Japan, Israel

Direct Contact and Contaminated Water/Food



Germany, France, Italy, throughout Africa, Brazil, Argentina



* If you experience any symptoms of these diseases, such as cold or flu-like symptoms, fever, abdominal pain, or general malaise after an audit, see your doctor immediately and notify them that you have traveled outside the country.

** Links to the World Health Organization (WHO) are included for convenience and a complete list of possible symptoms.

Mitigation Measures to Apply:

  • Speak to a medical professional about the recommended vaccinations for your travel destination

  • Prevent mosquito bites:

    • Wear long sleeves and pants

    • Use mosquito repellents

  • Eat from reputable restaurants and ensure food is fully cooked

  • Drink bottled water and avoid asking for ice in your beverages

  • Avoid direct contact with individuals presenting symptoms of illness

  • Practice good hand washing and hygiene habits

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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