Travel Alert Level 3 Issued for Venezuela by CDC
Nonessential travel to Venezuela should be avoided
According to a Travel Alert Level 3 issued by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA citizens should avoid visiting Venezuela.
This CDC alert says Venezuela is experiencing outbreaks of infectious diseases, and adequate health care is currently not available in most of the country.
Which means if you must travel to Venezuela, take pre-trip protections such as vaccinations.
The CDC is reporting a breakdown of the medical infrastructure in Venezuela. Adequate health care is currently not available through the public health system in Venezuela.
Moreover, infectious diseases increasing, and several large outbreaks are occurring:
- During the past year, over 1,000 confirmed cases of measles, including more 50 deaths, have been reported in 9 states.
- In the past 2 years, over 1,600 suspected cases of diphtheria, including over 140 deaths, have been reported in 22 states.
- In 2017, over 400,000 cases of malaria were reported.
Additionally, there are shortages of food, water, electricity, medicine, and medical supplies. This situation has contributed to an increasing humanitarian crisis affecting much of the country.
For these reasons, the US government has limited ability to provide emergency services to US citizens.
The Department of State Travel Advisory for Venezuela highlights these suggestions; do not travel:
- On roads after dark outside of Caracas due to crime.
- To certain neighborhoods within Caracas due to crime.
- Within 50 miles of the Colombian border due to crime.
If you must travel to Venezuela, make an appointment with a travel vaccine specialist at least 4 to 6 weeks before you leave, which can be contacted at this link.
The CDC recommends all travelers to Venezuela be up to date on all recommended vaccines, such as the Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP) and Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
And, the CDC recommends all travelers take prescribed medicine to prevent malaria.