Travel Hot Spots
Travel Disease Hot Spots August 2023
It’s essential to check your destination before you travel and be prepared by staying current with the latest disease outbreaks and vaccinations. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes disease travel advisories as of July 2023. Infectious disease outbreaks are currently being reported on the CDC website. Additionally, Canada, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the U.K. Foreign Travel Advice, and the European Centers for Disease Control (ECDC) publish disease outbreak news, testing requirements, and vaccination recommendations. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of State and local U.S. embassies issued security notices for cities and countries.
U.S. Disease Hot Spots 2023
As of September 2023, countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom have issued travel advisories focused on concerns when visiting the USA.
Texas - Tuberculosis cases increased by about 10% (Houston, Dallas) in 2022; Locally-acquired dengue was detected in 2023; A State of Emergency was declared in Brownsville, El Paso, and Larado in 2023 after southern Texas reported a locally-acquired malaria case in late June 2023; Houston and Fort Bend Countries have received reports of increased Cyclospora infections as of July 7, 2023; On August 12, 2023, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) confirmed 8 West Nile Virus human infection and one related death, and four travel-related dengue cases in 2023.
International Disease Hot Spots
Canada - Poliovirus in Montreal
Cancun, Mexico - Dengue, Malaria case confirmations in 2023.
Costa Rica - Malaria, Dengue, and Zika risks in 2023.
El Salvador - Level 3: Reconsider Travel.
Guatemala - Level 3: Reconsider Travel and Dengue, Malaria, and Zika risks.
Honduras - Level 3: Reconsider Travel and Dengue, Malaria, and Zika risks in 2023.
Jamaica - High-level security alerts for most islands and Dengue, Malaria, and Zika risks.
Mexico - The U.S. State Department issued a high-level travel advisory for Mexico in August 2023.
South America - Dengue, Malaria, Measles, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Zika, and State Department Travel Advisories.
The Rand Corporation published an EBook identifying 25 countries in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific at risk for disease outbreaks.