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Health and Safety in Africa

Health and safety tips for visitors to Africa. What immunizations are needed, areas that are risky for specific diseases such as malaria and yellow fever and how to diagnose what you may have.

Top 10 Myths About Africa
Top 10 myths about Africa. If you're planning a trip to Africa, whether on safari, volunteering, visiting ancient civilizations, backpacking or just enjoying a few days in the sun, you are likely to have some pre-conceived ideas of what to expect. Find out what myths abound and how wrong you can be about Africa if all you do is listen to the...

Current Travel Warnings for Countries in Africa
Current Travel Warnings for Countries in Africa from the US State Department. Travel advisories are regulalry updated for many countries in Africa. There are also links to the UK, Canadian and Australian government travel warnings.

First Aid and Medical Kit for Travel to Africa
First Aid and Medical Kit packing list for travelers to Africa. Tips on what medications you should bring when you visit Africa including information about travelers medical insurance.

Vaccinations and Travel to Africa
Vaccinations and Travel to Africa. Find out what immunizations and vaccinations you need before you travel to Africa and where to find a travel clinic to get them. Some vaccinations are recommended and some are actually required to enter a country. This article also gives you information about some of the diseases you need to be vaccinated...

How Do Official Travel Alerts and Travel Warnings Affect Your Trip to Africa?
How Do Official Travel Alerts and Travel Warnings Affect Your Trip to Africa? Should you cancel a trip to Africa if an advisory is issued? Can you expect a refund if a travel warning is issued? What do you do if you are in a country that suddenly turns violent?

How to Avoid Malaria When Visting Africa
Tips on how to avoid malaria passed on by the Anopheles mosquito in Africa. Taking medication, using mosquito repellents and recognizing symptoms of malaria.

Is it Safe to Visit Kenya?
Safety is a big concern for visitors to Kenya. Thousands of people enjoy going on safari in Kenya every month, but with official government travel warnings out for the country, it's difficult to know exactly what the real situation is like. Find out how to enjoy a safe and healthy holiday in Kenya from my tips below.

Tips on Avoiding Jetlag When You Fly to Africa
Get tips and information about avoiding jetlag, swollen feet and general malaise during and after your longhaul flight to Africa.

How to use a Squat Toilet When Traveling in Africa
How to use a Squat Toilet When Traveling in Africa. Squat toilets and "long-drops" can be found throughout Africa and if you're traveling there you are quite likely to have to use one at some point. Don't be caught off guard (with your pants around your ankles) and find out how to use a squat toilet before you go.

Insuring Your Safari
Trave insurance tips when planning a trip to Africa. Fid out why I recommend you get travel insurance when you plan your trip, why it's worth getting and what questions to consider when deciding to purchase an insurance policy.

How to Avoid Getting HIV/AIDS While Traveling in Africa
Tips on how to avoid getting HIV/Aids when traveling in Africa. Symptoms, prevention, prevalence and treatment. Are you at risk for catching Aids/Hiv when traveling in Africa? AIDS organisations working in Africa.

How to Avoid Bird Flu (Avian Influenza) When Traveling in Africa
Information for visitors to Africa on how to Avoid Bird Flu (Avian Influenza). With cases of the deadly strain of bird flu (Avian Influenza H5N1) coming to light in Africa here are tips on how to recognize bird flu, treatments available, how to avoid it, and links to resources to stay up to date on this situation.

Is it Safe to Travel to Egypt?
Is it safe to travel to Egypt? Travel advice and information for travelers planning to visit Egypt. Find out if there are current travel warnings for Egypt, basic safety tips and information, health tips, and information for women planning to travel alone to Egypt.

Dangers of Traveling in Africa
Dangers of Traveling in Africa. Safety tips to avoid crime while traveling in Africa. Tourists are targets for scams and pickpockets but given the level of poverty in Africa violent crime is actually quite rare. Tips on how to avoid getting robbed, what to do if you are a victim of crime when traveling in Africa and more.

Tipping in Africa
Tipping in Africa. Find out when to tip and how much to tip when traveling in Africa.

Best Africa Blogs and Web Sites
My top 10 list of web sites and blogs about Africa that I turn to for inspiration, news, photography, travel tips, music, technology, and more.

Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia)
Information about Schistosomiasis more commonly known as Bilharzia. A parasite common throughout Africa. The parasitic worms live in fresh water and can cause damage to the liver, intestines, lungs, and bladder.

Dengue Fever
Information about Dengue fever which is common throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Symptoms include high fever, severe joint pain, rash, vomiting and diarrhea. There is no vaccine for Dengue Fever.

Putzi Fly (Tumbu Fly)
The Putzi Fly (Tumbu Fly), Cordylobia anthrophaga, is common in East and Central Africa. It lays eggs in clothes hanging out to dry and upon contact with human skin the eggs hatch. The larvae burrow into the skin and develop into fully grown maggots if left to their own devices.

Rabies in Africa
Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. Wild animals and stray dogs often carry the virus in Africa so as a visitor you have to be careful. Rabies is a nasty disease when left untreated and it is fatal. There is a vaccine available but you still need to seek treatment if you are scratched or bitten.

Yellow Fever
Information about Yellow fever, a mosquito-borne viral disease common in sub-Saharan Africa. Illness ranges in severity from an influenza-like syndrome to severe hepatitis and hemorrhagic fever.

Tuberculosis (TB)
Tuberculosis (TB) in Africa is on the rise and kills several million people each year. If you are traveling to Africa for extended periods and are using public transport or working in schools or hospitals you should stay informed about the disease and get tested upon your return. This article explains what TB is, symptoms of TB, how you catch TB and how to treat the disease.

African Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping Sickness)
Information about African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) prevalent in tropical Africa. There is no vaccine but treatment is available.

Cholera
Information about cholera, an acute diarrheal illness caused by a bacteria found in food and water.

UK Foreign Office Travel Advice
UK Government's travel advisories and warnings for all countries in Africa. Often a little less dramatic than the US State Department's travel warnings.

US Dept. of State Travel Warnings
A list of current travel warnings issued by the US Department of State. Plenty of African countries on this list so be sure to check before you make your travel plans.

Travel Clinic Directory
If you need to get a Yellow Fever shot or any other unusual immunizations then a travel clinic is where you will have to go. Here is a list of clinics for those living in the US.

Immunization Information
A very handy country by country guide to immunizations both recommended and required by law from Netdoctor based in the UK.

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