Advisory Travel Alerts
The United States Department of State has issued several travel alerts and warning for US citizens. Please be aware if you have plans to travel abroad. Here are the latest travel alerts:
US Dept. of State has issued a travel warning for the Philippines. It is not stating you should avoid travel to the country. However, you should avoid travel to certain islands and regions.
They are as follows:
- Sulu Archipelago
- Southern Sulu Sea
- Mindanao Island
You should take general precautions for any travel to the country and use your common sense.
Center for Disease Control
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued travel alerts for Japan. There has been an increase in the number of incidents of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). For the calendar year 2015, there have been 28,758 cases of the disease, according to the World Health Organization.
The Level 1 Advisory means travelers should “Practice usual precautions” for hygiene and cleanliness.
- Wash your hands with soap and water frequently or
- Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Cover your mouth when you cough by using a tissue
- Do Not touch your mouth, nose or eyes
- Do not kiss or hug anyone that is sick
- Do not share eating utensils
The virus that cause HFMD is more common in the summer and fall. Currently, there is no vaccine.
Mexico Travel Awareness
Certain areas in Mexico have experienced an increase in chikungunya. The symptoms include headache, joint swelling, muscle pain or a rash. The disease is transmitted via mosquitoes. However, there is no travel restriction to Mexico.
The following Mexican states have seen transmission of the disease:
- Chiapas, Coahuila, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Sinaloa and Sonora
According to the CDC, travelers should talk with their physicians prior to going to any of these regions.
Source: NexionTags: Travel, Travel Alerts