CDC Travel Health Notices

January 5, 2016 - Comment

Travel Health Travel notices are designed to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific destinations. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health. See below for more information on our travel notice categories. CDC issues different types of

Travel notices are designed to inform travelers and clinicians about current health issues related to specific destinations. These issues may arise from disease outbreaks, special events or gatherings, natural disasters, or other conditions that may affect travelers’ health. See below for more information on our travel notice categories.

CDC issues different types of notices for international travelers. As of April 5, 2013, these definitions have been refined to make the announcements more easily understood by travelers, health-care providers, and the general public. The definitions are laid out below. They describe both levels of risk for the traveler and recommended preventive measures to take at each level of risk.

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Alert Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions

Travel Notice Definitions

CDC issues different types of notices for international travelers. As of April 5, 2013, these definitions have been refined to make the announcements more easily understood by travelers, health-care providers, and the general public. The definitions are laid out below. They describe both levels of risk for the traveler and recommended preventive measures to take at each level of risk.

Notice Level Traveler Action Risk to Traveler Outbreak/Event Example
Level 1: Watch Reminder to follow usual precautions for this destination Usual baseline risk or slightly above baseline risk for destination and limited impact to the traveler Dengue in Panama-Outbreak Watch:
Because dengue is endemic to Panama, this notice most likely would signify that there is a slightly higher rate of dengue cases than predicted. Travelers are to follow “usual” insect precautions.Olympics in London-Event Watch:
There may be possible health conditions in London that could impact travelers during the Olympics, such as measles. Travelers are to follow usual health precautions making sure they are up to date on their measles vaccine, follow traffic safety laws and use sunscreen
Level 2: Alert Follow enhanced precautions for this destination Increased risk in defined settings or associated with specific risk factors Yellow Fever in Brazil-Outbreak Alert:
Because an outbreak of yellow fever was found in areas of Brazil outside of the reported yellow fever risk areas, this would be a change in “usual” precautions. Travelers should follow “enhanced precautions” for that risk area by receiving the yellow fever vaccine.Flooding in El Salvador-Event Alert:
There are possible conditions that could affect the health of the traveler and parts of the destination’s infrastructure could be compromised. Travelers are to follow special precautions for flooding
Level 3: Warning Avoid all non-essential travel to this destination High risk to travelers SARS in Asia-Outbreak Warning:
Because SARS spread quickly and had a high case fatality rate, a warning notice signifies there was a high chance a traveler could be infected. Travelers should not travel if possible.Earthquake in Haiti-Event Warning:
The destination’s infrastructure (sanitation, transportation, etc.) cannot support travelers at this time.

More Travel Information:

For country-specific information about weather conditions, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) International Weather Selector webpage.

For country-specific information about Safety and Security, visit the US Department of State Travel Alerts and Warnings page.

 

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