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Jun 8, 2022 • 4:54 pm CDT
U.S. State Department

The U.S. Department of State issued today an update to the Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution, for The Bahamas. The State Department says violent crimes have occurred in tourist and non-tourist areas.

Specifically, most crime occurs on New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahama (Freeport) islands.

In Nassau, visitors should practice increased vigilance in the “Over the Hill” area (south of Shirley Street).

Activities involving commercial, and recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated. As a result, watercraft may be poorly maintained, and some operators may not have safety certifications. 

Due to these concerns, U.S. government personnel cannot use independently operated jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands.  

And never swim alone, regardless of your age or level of swimming skills, be aware of water conditions and heed local warnings.

If you decide to travel to The Bahamas,

  • Do not answer your door at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is.  
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.  
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • The U.S. Embassy Nassau is located at P.O. Box N-8197, #42 Queen Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.

The U.S. CDC suggests various travel vaccinations before visiting The Bahamas from a health perspective.

Pre-departure vaccine advice is generally offered at certified travel clinics and pharmacies In the USA.

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Jun 8, 2022 • 4:19 pm CDT
BNO News

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) announced today it had detected 18 additional cases of monkeypox in England and one additional patient in Scotland.

This brings the total number confirmed in the UK to 321 as of June 7, 2022.

There are currently 305 confirmed patients in England, 11 in Scotland, 2 in Northern Ireland, and 3 in Wales.

The UKHSA says, 'Anyone can get monkeypox, particularly if you have had close contact, including sexual contact, with an individual with symptoms. However, people who are gay or bisexual and men who have sex with men remain disproportionately affected.'

Wendi Shepherd, monkeypox incident director at UKHSA, commented on June 7, 2022, 'Rapid diagnosis and reporting is the key to interrupting transmission and containing any further spread of monkeypox.'

Globally, 39 countries have confirmed about 1,280 monkeypox cases.

Additional monkeypox news is posted at this link.

Jun 8, 2022 • 9:49 am CDT
DFW

The Texas Department of State Health Services announced yesterday it is investigating a single case of monkeypox virus (MPX) infection in a Dallas County resident with recent international travel.

As of June 7, 2022, the Texas public health investigation had identified a few people who may have been exposed in Dallas and are monitoring themselves for symptoms of infection. 

Public health officials are reaching out to passengers who could have been exposed to the MPX patient on a flight from Mexico to Dallas.

Director Dr. Philip Huang stated in a press release, "We have determined that there is little known risk to the general public at this time."

"However, monkeypox cases have been spreading globally, and we are actively working with local healthcare providers to ensure they are prepared to recognize monkeypox and report suspected cases to public health officials."

Dallas County Health and Human Services leads the investigation and has more information on their website.

As of June 8, 2022, the U.S. CDC reported that (15) states have confirmed (35) MPX patients.

Various countries, such as the U.K., advise MPX close-contacts self-isolate for three weeks.

And the U.S. CDC offers the Jynneos vaccine to certain people.

Monkeypox is transmitted to humans through close contact with body fluids, lesions, bedding, and other contaminated materials of MPX patients.

Those infected may experience fever, rash, swollen lymph nodes, and more serious complications.

Additional monkeypox outbreak breaking news is posted at this link.

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Jun 7, 2022 • 11:35 am CDT
by the ECDC

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) reported on June 2, 2022, the South American country Brazil continues reporting Chikungunya (CHIKV) cases and related fatalities.

The ECDC confirmed as of June 2, 2022, 113,052 CHIKV cases and 14 fatalities have been reported.

Most cases have been reported by Brazil (92,349), and all deaths have been reported from Brazil (14).

The five countries reporting CHIKV cases in 2022 other than Brazil are India (18,519), Paraguay (278), Malaysia (85), and Guatemala (83).

According to the U.S. CDC, Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes to humans.

Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on viremic nonhuman or human primates, which are likely the main amplifying reservoirs of the virus.

In 2014, CHIKV cases were reported among U.S. travelers returning from affected areas in the Americas.

Local transmission has been identified in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Currently, The best way to prevent chikungunya is to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, treat clothing and gear, and take steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors.

However, a chikungunya vaccine candidate is conducting a late-stage phase 3 study for use in Brazil.

Valneva SE's VLA1553 is a monovalent, single dose, live-attenuated chikungunya vaccine candidate.

The VLA1553 vaccine program was granted Fast Track designation by the U.S. FDA in December 2018.

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Jun 7, 2022 • 9:20 am CDT
by Mick Rodgers

The U.S. CDC issued a Level 3: High Level of COVID-19 in Saint Kitt and Nevis travel advisory on June 6, 2022. The CDC says to make sure you are updated with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling to Saint Kitt and Nevis.

If you are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, avoid traveling to Saint Kitt and Nevis.

The CDC says, 'If you must travel, follow requirements and recommendations before, during, and after international travel.'

Since August 2021, the U.S. has shared 36,000 safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses with the people of Saint Kitts and Nevis, free of cost.

This includes 36,000 Pfizer's Comirnaty vaccine doses. 

Furthermore, be aware of current health issues in Saint Kitts and Nevis, which may require other travel-related vaccinations, such as yellow fever and typhoid.

Saint Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island nation with about 53,000 residents situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

The U.S. established diplomatic relations with Saint Kitts and Nevis in 1983 following its independence from the United Kingdom. 

If you decide to travel to St. Kitts and Nevis, the U.S. Department of State suggests enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive Alerts and make it easier to be located in an emergency.

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Jun 7, 2022 • 4:36 am CDT
by Tumisu

Denmark-based Bavarian Nordic A/S announced today that the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) would be purchasing IMVAMUNE® (Jynneos) non-replicating smallpox/monkeypox prevention vaccine at a value of approximately USD 56 million.

Deliveries of vaccines under this five-year contract are expected to occur from 2023. 

Bavarian Nordic continues to secure contracts with other countries, including Denmark.

Monkeypox (MPX) is a vaccine-preventable viral zoonotic disease that occurs historically in Africa.

Since early May 2020, about (36) countries have confirmed 1,070 MPX patients.

Paul Chaplin, President & Chief Executive Officer of Bavarian Nordic, stated in a press release issued on June 7, 2022, "We applaud the Government of Canada for their long-term planning, allowing us to execute this contract in a timely manner."

Modified Vaccinia Ankara-Bavarian Nordic (marketed as IMVANEX® in Europe, JYNNEOS® in the U.S., and IMVAMUNE® in Canada) is a non-replicating smallpox vaccine developed in collaboration with the U.S. government.

Bavarian Nordic has ongoing supply contracts with the U.S. and Canada and has delivered the vaccine to several undisclosed countries as part of their national biological preparedness.

Additional MPX outbreak news is posted at this link.

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Jun 6, 2022 • 12:54 pm CDT
by Hebi B.

The U.K. Health Security Agency announced today it had detected 73 additional cases of monkeypox (MPX) in England. Currently, there are 287 confirmed MPX patients in England, primarily located in the greater London area.

Since early May 2022, the total number of confirmed MPX patients in the U.K. is now 302. 

As of June 6, 2022, there are currently ten confirmed cases in Scotland, 2 in Northern Ireland, and 3 in Wales.

Anyone can get monkeypox, particularly if you have had close contact, including sexual contact, with an individual with symptoms, says the U.K.

The U.K. is offering the Jynneos® (MVA-BN, IMVANEX) vaccine to MPX close contacts on a voluntary basis.

These MPX close contacts are advised to self-isolate for three weeks after potential exposure.

Globally, media reporting indicates about 1,035 MPX patients have been confirmed in 35 countries.

Following the U.K., Spain and Portugal have reported the most MPX patients in 2022.

Additional monkeypox outbreak news is posted at Vax-Before-Travel.com/monkeypox.

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Jun 5, 2022 • 1:31 pm CDT
CDC

GAVI, the vaccine alliance, recently wrote, 'ver the last couple of years, Laos has been subject to heavy rains and subsequent flooding, especially in the Sanamxay district.

As water levels rise, so do fears of cholera, a fast-moving and deadly intestinal infection.

Laos Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh and Minister of Health Dr. Bounfeng Phoummalaysith have held meetings to eliminate the disease before it escalates further. A strategy includes mobilizing a donation sent by Gavi of oral cholera vaccines (OCV).

"I have instructed the health ministry to act promptly before the malady devours our people."

"We are urging volunteers, nurses, and those in the health department to step forward and help us make this vaccinating exercise a success," the Prime Minister said at the start of the campaign.

"The ongoing cholera vaccination will ensure children are immune to the otherwise lethal disease."

"Unfortunately, the toughest job has been delivering the vaccines to the people through the impassable roads."

While a few cholera cases continue to crop up, with the help of the OCVs, the disease has been contained relatively well in Laos.

A Gavi-supported emergency OCV stockpile has existed since 2013 so that countries in need can access doses without procurement delays.

Since then, more than 35 million doses have been shipped to cholera hotspots, helping curb the epidemic spread of a disease that still kills an estimated 21,000 to 143,000 people each year worldwide.

The U.S. CDC suggests future visitors to Laos consider several vaccines (yellow fever, hepatitis, influenza) listed on this web page

In June 2016, the U.S. FDA approved using a single-dose oral cholera vaccine (CVD 103-HgR, Vaxchora [PaxVax]) in adults.

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Jun 5, 2022 • 9:09 am CDT
by rahimgmz

The Kingdom of Saudia Arabia Ministry of Health announced yesterday the list of the ten approved COVID-19 vaccines and the number of doses required for the pilgrims during Hajj season 1443/2022.

The Saudi Gazette reported on June 4, 2022, the Ministry revealed these COVID-19 vaccine authorizations:

  1. Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine, two doses.
  2. Moderna (SpikeVax) vaccine, two doses.
  3. Oxford-AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), two doses,
  4. Janssen, one dose,
  5. CovoVax, two doses,
  6. Nuvaxovid (Novavax), two doses,
  7. Sinopharm, two doses,
  8. Sinovac, two doses,
  9. Covaxin, two doses,
  10. Sputnik V, two doses.

Additionally, it is noteworthy that the Ministry of Health has issued a document clarifying the health requirements and instructions related to those coming to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj, Umrah, or seasonal work in the areas of Hajj and Umrah for the season 1443/2022.

This information is available through the (Pilgrim’s Health) feature on the MoH website or through this link.

Additional Hajj and Umrah travel vaccine news regarding yellow fever, measles, and other diseases are posted at Vax-Before-Travel.com/Hajj.

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Jun 4, 2022 • 5:29 pm CDT
by Mustang Joe

Thestreet.com wrote today, 'the oceans have been stormy for major cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise Lines having to deal with an uncertain world since the COVID-19 pandemic began in late 2019.'

The pandemic's impact continues as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still controls the requirements for American ports.

The CDC and cruise lines currently operate in partnership under a voluntary program. 

In late March 2022, the CDC stated to check your cruise ship's color and status classification before traveling.

And be aware that the ship's status could change over time and may be different by the time of your cruise.

Furthermore, ensure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before enjoying your next cruise.

If you are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, talk to your healthcare provider about what additional precautions may be needed before, during, and after a cruise trip.

If the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is spreading on board, cruise passengers and crew are at risk, even if they are updated with their COVID-19 vaccines.

Moreover, other vaccinations may be required depending on your ports of call.

According to the CDC, most travel vaccines need to be administered at least one month before departure to ensure maximum protection. 

Check the CDC's Domestic Travel or International Travel webpages for the May 3, 2022, recommendations for travelers.

Additional CDC suggestions are posted on this webpage.

Jun 3, 2022 • 4:57 pm CDT
by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke

The U.S. CDC recently issued three Level 3: COVID-19 High alerts for the island nations of Anguilla, Jamaica, and the Turks and Caicos Islands on May 31, 2022.

The CDC says 'Make sure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before traveling.

And avoid visiting these islands without being fully COVID-19 vaccinated.

'Even if you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, you may still be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19.'

Before boarding a flight to the U.S., you must show a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than one day before travel.

There is also an option for people who have documented recovery from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.

And air passengers traveling to the U.S. are also required to provide contact information to airlines before boarding a flight.

Before arrival, these Caribbean nations may require additional travel vaccinations, such as yellow fever.

The CDC posts various travel information on this webpage.

Jun 1, 2022 • 11:01 am CDT
BNO News

During May 2022, various media reports indicate the global monkeypox outbreak has reached thirty countries, impacting the health of about 696 people.

The unfortunate leader is the United Kingdom.

On June 1, 2022, the U.K. Health Security Agency (UKHSA) announced it had detected 11 additional monkeypox patients in England.

These new cases bring the total number confirmed in England to 183.

In England, 86% of the cases are in London residents and only two were women.

Additionally, there are currently four confirmed cases in Scotland, 2 in Northern Ireland, and 1 in Wales.

This data indicates the U.K.'s total number of monkeypox patients is 190, all reported during May 2022.

Most monkeypox cases have occurred in people aged 20 to 49 years old.

Dr. Ruth Milton, a Senior Medical Advisor at UKHSA, stated in a media update on May 31, 2022, "The risk to the general public from monkeypox is still low, but it's important that we work to limit the virus being passed on."

"We remind people that they should be alert to new spots, ulcers, or blisters on any part of their body."

"If anyone suspects they might have these, particularly if they have recently had a new sexual partner, they should limit their contact with others and contact their local health provider as soon as possible."

"Though, please phone ahead before attending in person."

Additionally, the UKHSA confirmed health protection teams are contacting people considered high-risk contacts of confirmed cases and advising those who have been risk-assessed and remain well to be isolated at home for up to 21 days.

In late May 2022, the U.K. began offering these close contacts the IMVANEX® monkeypox prevention vaccine.

JYNNEOS® (IMVANEX®, IMVAMUNE® was approved in 2019 by the U.S. FDA and by the European Medicines Agency in 2013.

Other monkeypox outbreak breaking news is posted at Vax-Before-Travel.

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Updated at 1 PM CT.

May 31, 2022 • 4:09 pm CDT
by Barbados

As an indication the COVID-19 pandemic is ending in the Caribbean, the island of Barbados recently removed all testing requirements for vaccinated travelers.

According to Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley, removing the entry test requirement would “have positive implications for the country’s tourism experience,” reported the Caribbean Journal Staff on May 25, 2022.

However, unvaccinated travelers will be tested at the airport unless they have documented evidence of having had Covid within 90 days.

If they test negative, they can freely visit the island. If positive, they will need to quarantine themselves.

The COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted Barbados, which experienced an almost 90% decline in tourism since 2019.

To help Barbados, the IMF augmented its Extended Fund Facility program by about $90 million, or about 2% of GDP, to help finance the emerging fiscal deficit as a result of plummeting revenues from the tourism-related activity and increasing COVID-related expenditures.

When planning to visit Barbados, the U.S. CDC suggests several vaccinations in addition to COVID-19.

And if traveling from a country with a risk of yellow fever virus transmission, more visitors are required to show immunization proof. 

But, this requirement excludes Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago unless an outbreak is occurring.

For Americans, the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown is located at Wildey Business Park, St. Michael BB 14006, Barbados, W.I.

Pre-departure vaccine reviews are offered at certified travel vaccine clinics and pharmacies in the USA.

May 31, 2022 • 3:11 pm CDT
by CDC

FrontPage Africa recently discovered that the 100-year-old BCG vaccine supply has run out in the country of Liberia. When contacted on May 25, 2022, the Ministry of Health's Communications Director, Felecia Gbesioh, confirmed that the BCG vaccine had run out.

"It (BCG) is actually not in the country, but we expect to have it in the country before the end of May 2022."

"So we have been in a back and forth conversation and engaging our partners, especially UNICEF, because they are responsible for distributing the vaccine," reported FrontPage on May 25, 2022.

"And there is no need to worry because the vaccine is for children from zero to eleven months. In Liberia, BCG vaccination is compulsory, administered with the polio vaccine.

The WHO vaccine scheduler summarizes Liberia's current vaccination schedule for young children, adolescents, and adults.

Liberia battled multiple health emergencies in 2021, such as polio, yellow fever, malaria, and the continued COVID-19 pandemic response.

Responding to polio outbreaks in neighboring countries, Liberia introduced the nOPV2 vaccine in 2021, immunizing about 1.8 million children aged 0–59 months, reported UNICEF on March 9, 2022.

In March 2022, the U.S. CDC issued an Alert Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions, regarding Liberia's polio outbreak.

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May 31, 2022 • 11:01 am CDT
Gov. of Canada

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada announced on Twitter today that Canada is extending COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions until at least June 30, 2022.

This Tweet indicates all visitors to Canada, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, must continue to submit personal information in the ArriveCAN app or website.

Furthermore, Canada continues to require foreign visitors to provide proof of being 'fully vaccinated.'

And under-vaccinated Canadian citizens or permanent residents must show proof of a molecular SARS-CoV-2 virus / COVID-19 test before entering Canada and then be quarantined for 14 days.

As of May 19, 2022, over 2 million fourth COVID-19 doses have been administered in Canada.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, stated online on May 20, 2022, 'While SARS-CoV-2 virus is still circulating across the country, disease activity indicators continue to show decreasing transmission in most areas.'

'Nationally, laboratory test positivity during the latest 7-day period (May 11-17, 2022) has decreased to 11%.'

'Similarly, wastewater signals have plateaued or continue to decline in many areas.'

'As we expect the SARS-CoV-2 virus to evolve continuously, we closely monitor the domestic and international situation.'

The vast majority of Canada's COVID-19 cases have been found in the urban centers.

The U.S. CDC's Level 3: High Level of COVID-19 in Canada remains active as of May 31, 2022.

The CDC says, 'If you are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, avoid travel to Canada.'

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