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American Samoa (US): Abide by all official directives relating to measles outbreak
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 07:23:17 EST
Members travelling to American Samoa until at least 8 January should follow all official directives during an ongoing state of emergency linked to a measles outbreak. The authorities on 8 December announced that the public health emergency and state of emergency would be extended for another 30 days. During this period, all entry permits and entry permit waivers for travellers transiting Samoa and Tonga are suspended, except for in medical emergency situations, and visitors entering American Samoa from these countries are required to present proof of measles vaccination.
American Samoa (US): Measles outbreak and temporary MMR (measles) vaccination entry requirements
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 23:08:17 EST
Latest update: outbreak of measles declared; public gatherings cancelled, schools and daycares closed.A public health emergency has been declared. Some travellers are required to show a proof of MMR (measles) vaccination or proof of immunity to measles to enter American Samoa. Additional requirements have been put in place for travellers from Apia, Samoa. Travellers unable to show proof will be denied entry and be sent back. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in under-vaccinated populations. Common symptoms include fever, cough and a characteristic rash. Measles can result in serious complications, particularly when very young children, the elderly or pregnant women are infected. Prevention is by vaccination. International SOS is monitoring the situation and the alert will be updated as more information is available.
Australia: Plan travel accounting for fire danger warnings, monitor emergency services' websites related to bushfires (Revised)
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 02:03:47 EST
Members in New South Wales (NSW), Queensland and Western Australia states over the coming days should continue to plan travel accounting for fire danger warnings related to ongoing bushfires. Catastrophic Fire Danger warnings (highest on a seven-tier scale) that had been issued for several regions of NSW have now been lifted, though fire authorities warn that bushfires are expected to continue. A Severe Fire Danger warning (third-highest) has been issued for large parts of Western Australia for 24 November. Members should be prepared to defer or change travel plans at short notice, especially for journeys to non-urban areas.
Australia: Reconfirm flights on Jetstar during planned strikes by staff on 13-15 December; maintain flexible itineraries
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 23:34:18 EST
Members due to fly with Jetstar on 13-15 December should reconfirm flights due to planned strikes by staff over wage disputes and working hours. Baggage-handlers and ground crew have announced two-hour work stoppages on 13 December atSydney (SYD, New South Wales state), Melbourne (MEL, Victoria), Avalon (AVV, Victoria), Brisbane (BNE, Queensland), Cairns (CNS, Queensland) and Adelaide (ADL, South Australia) airports. On 14-15 December, pilots will observe four-hour strikes. The industrial action will exacerbate disruption during the busy Christmas holiday period and may continue into January 2020.
Australia: Urban centres: Anticipate localised disruption during climate rallies on 11-20 December
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 07:06:01 EST
Members in urban centres on 11-20 December should plan journeys accounting for localised disruption around planned climate protests. The gatherings are being held under the global ‘Clime Change Protests’ campaign to demand more effective government action on climate change issues, particularly managing ongoing bushfires. The protests are likely to be well attended and pass off peacefully.
Bangladesh: Dhaka, other urban centres: Plan journeys avoiding opposition rallies on 10 December
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 19:06:53 EST
Members in the capital Dhaka and other urban centres on 10 December should plan journeys avoiding rallies by theopposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to commemorate the International Human Rights Day and to demand the release of its jailed party leader Khaleda Zia. In Dhaka, a rally is planned at 11.00 (local time). Although exact locations have not been announced, precedents suggest that gathering may either occur at theSupreme Courtbuilding or at the BNP'sheadquartersin the Nayapaltan area. Bystanders face incidental risks in the event of clashes between BNP supporters and the police.
Cameroon: Cholera outbreaks
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 19:57:58 EST
Latest update: outbreaks continue. Outbreaks of cholera have been reported in several areas. The disease spreads via contaminated food and water. Symptoms include vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhoea which can lead to severe dehydration. Travellers staying in quality accommodation with access to safe food and water are at low risk. Ensure food and water for consumption are safe, and consider vaccination if likely to encounter unsanitary conditions.
China: Human H9N2 cases
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 04:49:02 EST
Latest update: additional case reported.Human cases of H9N2 bird flu were reported. Bird flu can cause a mild to severe respiratory illness which may be fatal. Most people who have been infected have had direct exposure to birds. The risk of infection in the general population appears to be low. Prevent infection by paying attention to hygiene and avoiding contact with birds and their environment.
Congo (DRC): Increase in cholera cases
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 00:10:55 EST
Latest update: additional cases. Cholera cases have been reported across several provinces. The disease spreads via contaminated food and water. Symptoms include vomiting and profuse, watery diarrhoea which can lead to severe dehydration. Travellers staying in quality accommodation with access to safe food and water are at low risk. Ensure food and water for consumption are safe, and consider vaccination if likely to encounter unsanitary conditions.
Congo (DRC): Measles outbreak
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 18:40:30 EST
Latest update: ongoing outbreak. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in under-vaccinated populations. Common symptoms include fever, cough and a characteristic rash. The illness can result in serious complications, particularly when very young children, the elderly or pregnant women are infected. All travellers should ensure they are fully immunised against measles.
Congo (DRC): North Kivu province: Minimise movement in Goma amid ongoing protests, clashes in Katoyi district
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 02:07:38 EST
Members in Goma (North Kivu province) on 10 December should minimise unnecessary movement across the city due to ongoing protests over insecurity and clashes in Katoyi district. Early reports indicate protesters have set fire to a police station, while officers have used tear gas and firearms to disperse crowds. One person has reportedly been killed.
Congo (DRC): Polio cases
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 01:43:57 EST
Latest update: further cases confirmed.Polio cases due to strains of "circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2" (cVDPV2) have been reported in many provinces. The cVDPV strain can emerge in under-vaccinated populations. Polio is a contagious viral illness that causes paralysis and death. The infection is spread through ingestion of contaminated food or water, or directly from an infected person. Prevent infection by ensuring polio vaccination is up to date.
Costa Rica: Increasing in dengue activity
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 01:11:37 EST
Latest update: outbreak continues. There is an increase of dengue fever casesnationwide. The trend is expected to continue during the rainy season. The disease is spread mainly by mosquito bites. It can cause a range of symptoms including fever, headache and a rash. Some people, especially infants, pregnant women and those who have been infected before, get a more severe form that can lead to fatal complications. Prevention is mainly by avoiding mosquito bites. Although a vaccine is available in several locations, it is only recommended for people who have been infected with dengue in the past and are living or travelling in areas with high levels of dengue transmission .
Czech Republic: Ostrava: Exercise vigilance in coming hours following fatal shooting; gunman found dead
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 06:14:26 EST
The suspect in a fatal shooting atUniversity Hospitalin Ostrava (Moravian-Silesian region) on 10 December has been found dead in a vehicle during a police operation. The authorities said the man had shot himself. Earlier in the day, the suspect had opened fire at the hospital's trauma ward, killing at least six people before fleeing the scene; the motive for the attack remains unclear. Members should exercise vigilance and anticipate a heightened police presence in the city in the coming hours.
Dominican Republic: Malaria
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 21:45:33 EST
Latest update: outbreak continues. Increased cases of malaria have been reported in several locations. Malaria is present in some areas of Dominican Republic. The disease is spread through mosquito bites and can be fatal unless promptly treated. Early symptoms are flu-like, such as fever, head/body aches and general weakness. Symptoms of malaria can develop seven days after exposure, and prompt medical attention should be sought. Prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites.
France: Expect disruption during aviation, ground transport strikes until 11 December
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 03:25:16 EST
Members travelling in France until 11 December should anticipate disruption and reconfirm flights due to a nationwide air traffic controllers’ strike over planned pension reforms. The work stoppage began on 9 December and will last until 06.00 (local time) on 11 December.Additionally, public transport and rail unions have confirmed that they will continue their industrial action until at least 11 December, when a second wave of nationwide demonstrations is due to take place. Some unions have announced a strike extension until 12-13 December. Members should avoid all related gatherings due to the risk of incidental exposure to unrest.
France: Urban centres: Plan journeys bypassing nationwide protests on 10 December against pension reforms (Revised)
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 01:53:36 EST
Members in urban centres on 10 December should plan journeys bypassing nationwide protests denouncing controversial pension reforms. In the capital Paris, participants will gather at Place Vauban at 13.30 (local time) and march toPlace Denfert-Rochereau. All establishments along the march route will be closed as a precautionary measure on the day. More than 800,000 people joined related protests nationwide on 5 December. Clashes and vandalism were reported on the sidelines of several demonstrations. The latest gatherings come amid the biggest national strike in France in several years (see our separate report).
Haiti: Defer non-essential travel; continue to stand fast on days of heightened unrest
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 05:51:09 EST
Essential travel to Haiti can resume. However, members in-country should minimise non-essential movement due to the risks posed by disruptive anti-government protests, which are often accompanied by roadblocks. In the capital Port-au-Prince, there has been a lull in opposition protests following unruly gatherings on 6 December near the US embassy and in other areas of the city (see More detail). Nevertheless, members should exercise caution, particularly following reports of local gangs extorting road travellers for money.
Iceland: Maintain flexible itineraries as passage of severe winter storm liable to disrupt travel until 11 December
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 16:56:56 EST
Members in Iceland over the next 48 hours should anticipate significant travel disruption and maintain flexible itineraries during the passage of a severe winter storm that is forecast to bring blizzards and strong winds. Icelandic Meteorological Office has issued a red weather alert for the Northwest region, and an orange alert for the rest of the country for 10 December. Reports indicate that roads to and from the capital Reykjavik, including Reykjanesbraut – which leads to Keflavik International Airport (KEF), will be closed for at least 24 hours from 12.00 (local time) on 10 December. Airport authorities have warned of potential disruption to flights. The weather is expected to start improving on the morning of 12 December.
Iraq: Baghdad: Avoid vicinity of Hafiz al-Qadi, Tahrir squares due to ongoing large protests; police use tear gas, live ammunition to disperse crowds
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 05:01:54 EST
Members in the capital Baghdad should avoid the vicinity ofHafiz al-Qadiand Tahrir squares amid ongoing large protests and associated unrest. Early reports indicate that the police have used tear gas and live ammunition to disperse demonstrators in the Hafiz al-Qadi area. The protests are well-attended, given the participation of demonstrators from other cities, including those in the southern provinces.
Israel: Tel Aviv: Plan journeys accounting for disruptive protests over Shabbat public bus services; expect next gatherings on 13 December
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 07:53:51 EST
Members in Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv district) in the coming weeks should plan journeys accounting for further potentially disruptive protests over a decision by the Tel Aviv Yafo Municipality to allow public bus services to run on Shabbat. The next round of protests is likely on 13 December. During previous protests on 6 December, ultra-orthodox protesters blocked Route 4 and Jabotinsky Road in Bnei Brak (Tel Aviv), causing significant traffic disruption. Demonstrations have also previously been held at Tel Aviv City Hall. Related protests should be avoided as a precaution and to minimise inconvenience stemming from travel disruption.
Kenya: Mombasa: Anticipate, avoid further protests by transport workers against mandatory use of railway to haul cargo
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 03:53:59 EST
Members in Mombasa (Mombasa county) should closely monitor developments and anticipate further demonstrations related to government plans to transport all bulk cargo by rail. Transport workers, traders and other groups have held weekly demonstrations since August, at times in spite of official bans. On 9 December, representative groups announced that they were giving the government one week to rescind a mandatory order to use the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). This follows a recommendation from the Senate Committee on Transport that businesses be allowed to choose their preferred mode of ransporting cargo. Sporadic demonstrations may occur in the meantime; all such gatherings should be avoided to mitigate the risk of incidental exposure to any violence and minimise inconvenience.
Lebanon: Beirut: Plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by flooding
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 13:21:46 EST
Members in the capital Beirut in the coming hours should liaise with local contacts and plan journeys accounting for flooding caused by heavy rainfall. While flooding has affected areas across the city, the southern suburbs and some routes leading to Rafik Hariri International Airport (BEY) have been particularly impeded. While flights at Rafik Hariri airport have not been impacted, members should leave enough time to conduct journeys to the airport.
Madagascar: Continue to exercise caution, anticipate disruption during passage of Tropical Cyclone Belna
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 00:45:13 EST
Members in Madagascar in the coming days should continue to exercise caution and anticipate disruption during the passage of Tropical Cyclone Belna. Belna made landfall near Soalala town (Boeny region) on the north-western coast at around 16.30 (local time) on 9 December, bringing winds of up to 110 miles per hour (180kph). It is currently moving south-westwards at a speed of 12 miles per hour (20kph). The National Office of Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) has forecast up to eight inches (20cm) of rain in the next 24 hours, which is likely to trigger flooding in affected areas.
Marshall Islands: Entry and exit MMR (measles) vaccination requirements
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 06:29:09 EST
Travellers are required to show proof of MMR (measles) vaccination to enter or exit Marshall Islands. An international travel advisory, effective immediately, has been issued by the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI). This is meant for visitors to the country as well as citizens and foreign residents of the RMI. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus that spreads from person-to-person via infected droplets. Outbreaks occur frequently in under-vaccinated populations. Common symptoms include fever, cough and a characteristic rash. Measles can result in serious complications, particularly when very young children, the elderly or pregnant women are infected. Prevention is by vaccination. International SOS is monitoring the situation and the alert will be updated as more information is available.
Medical Multi-country Alerts: Lassa fever outbreak
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 01:49:27 EST
Latest update: new cluster reported in Kenema; no further cases in Tonkolili.A cluster of Lassa fever cases has been reported in Tonkolili District, Sierra Leone, including some fatalities. At least three healthcare staff have been confirmed infected, including two Dutch doctors, while others are suspected infected. The Dutch doctors have been evacuated to Netherlands for treatment. Contacts are being monitored in several countries, including Sierra Leone, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, India, Uganda and the United Kingdom. A new cluster, unrelated to the one in Tonkolili, has been reported in Kenema district. Lassa fever is a viral haemorrhagic fever. Transmission to humans mostly occurs through ingestion or inhalation of excretions from infected rodents, especially rats. The disease can also spread through direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person. Prevent infection through observing strict hygiene and avoiding contact with sick people. Risk to the business traveller is low.
Myanmar: Yangon, other urban centres: Expect further rallies in support of country amid international court case; hearing scheduled for 10-12 December
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 19:08:02 EST
Members in Yangon (Yangon region) and other urban centres in the coming days should anticipate and avoid further rallies in support of Aung San Suu Kyi. The country's de facto leader and other high-ranking government and military officials are due to appear at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague (Netherlands) on10-12 December. Myanmar is facing charges of genocide in connection with a 2017 counter-insurgency campaign in Rakhine state. The rallies are likely to be peaceful but will cause disruption in their vicinities.
Nigeria: Yellow fever outbreak
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 02:12:18 EST
Latest update: additional cases reported.Outbreaks of yellow fever have been reported in several states, particularly in the north. Yellow fever is a potentially severe viral illness spread via mosquito bites. It can be prevented through vaccination and by avoiding mosquito bites. All travellers over 9 months old are recommended to be vaccinated and required to have proof of yellow fever vaccination to enter the country.
Pakistan: Air pollution in some provinces
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 00:26:46 EST
Latest update: air pollution continues in some areas. Varying levels of air pollution has been recorded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh provinces. Major cities like Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are significantly affected. Polluted air can cause symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and irritation of the eyes and nose. Young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with underlying heart and lung disease (high-risk groups) are particularly vulnerable. To minimise the risk of potential health problems, reduce exposure by decreasing time and physical activity outdoors. (For details, see the International SOS Air Pollution website)
Pakistan: Islamabad, Karachi, Rawalpindi: Anticipate heightened security, travel disruption during cricket matches on 11-15 December, 19-23 December
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 15:35:58 EST
Members in the capital Islamabad and neighbouring Rawalpindi city (Punjab province) on 11-15 December should anticipate heightened security and travel disruption during the first match of a Test cricket tournament between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Similar disruption should be expected in Karachi (Sindh province) on 19-23 December when a second match will be held between the two countries. The authorities will deploy thousands of security force personnel and implement extensive traffic restrictions to secure the events. Members should maintain flexible itineraries and carry relevant identification documents to ease passage through security checkpoints.
Philippines: Manila: Anticipate disruption, allow additional travel time during human rights rally on 10 December
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 19:05:41 EST
Members in the capital Manila should avoid a rally commemorating International Human Rights Day on 10 Decemberto minimise delays. Participants plan to gather at Santa Cruz Churchfrom 13.00 to 14.30 (local time), before proceeding to Liwasang Bonifacioand then marchingto Mendiola Bridge (all Manila) from 15.00 to 17.00. The rally is expected to be well-attended. Additional gatherings are possible; these are likely to pass off peacefully but will cause localised disruption.
Réunion (France): Expect disruption, plan routes bypassing protests on 10 December
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 19:42:26 EST
Members in Reunion (France) on 10 December should plan routes accounting for disruption and bypassing protests against a controversial pension reform. A strike by public sector and transport unions has also been called on the day. In the capital Saint Denis, demonstrators will march from Petit Marche to Prefecture building at 09.00 (local time). In Saint Pierre commune, a march will be held from town hall to sub-prefecture building around the same time. Around 3,000 people attended associated protests on the island on 5 December. The developments come amid an ongoing protest campaign by public sector and transport unions in France since 5 December against pension reforms (see our separate alert on France).
Senegal: Dakar: Avoid further protests in vicinity of UCAD campus due to risk of disturbances (Revised)
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 20:17:50 EST
Members in the capital Dakar over the coming days should anticipate and avoid further protests by students of Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) due to the risk of incidental exposure to violence. On 9 December, police fired tear gas to disperse an unruly demonstration at the UCAD campus following clashes between stone-throwing protesters and the police. The protesters, who were demonstrating against rising electricity prices, had demanded the release of five UCAD students arrested during a related protest on 29 November (see our related alert).
Senegal: Dakar: Avoid protest on 13 December over increase in electricity tariffs
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 12:28:23 EST
Members in the capital Dakar should on 13 December avoid a rally from Place de la Nation (formerly Place de l'Obelisque) to Rond-point RTS to denounce rising electricity tariffs. Related protests occurred on 29 November when demonstrators marched from Place de la Nation to the presidential palace. At least nine people were arrested during the march, which was not authorised by officials. The upcoming demonstration has not yet been approved by the authorities, and is therefore liable to be dispersed by the police.
South Africa: Continue to anticipate disruption, exercise increased caution during ongoing planned power outages
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 18:02:59 EST
Members in South Africa in the coming days should anticipate continued disruption during intermittent power outages. On 9 December, Eskom, the country’s primary power supplier, announced that it was escalating load-shedding from stage 4 to stage 6, further increasing the frequency of power outages. The supplier has since decreased load-shedding from stage 6 to stage 4. The higher stage of load-shedding equates to a greater number of rotational power cuts. Travellers should continue to maintain flexible itineraries, exercise increased caution due to the risk of crime, and ensure their accommodation has features necessary to cope with outages.
South Africa: Plan journeys accounting for disruption caused by heavy rain, flooding (Revised)
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 16:17:27 EST
Members in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and North West provinces in the coming days should plan journeys accounting for disruption due to recent heavy rain resulting in widespread flooding. In Gauteng, flooding has been particularly severe inCenturion and Tshwane, rendering many roads impassable. Further heavy rains are forecast to affect Limpopo, the north-eastern areas of Free State and northern areas of KwaZulu-Natal provinces which could result in localised flooding and subsequent road closures. Members should confirm the status of routes before undertaking road travel.
Spain: Madrid: Anticipate disruption to public transport during strikes on 10-11, 13 December
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 19:02:12 EST
Members in the capital Madrid on 10-11 and 13 December should anticipate significant disruption to public transport during planned strikes. On 10 December, a 24-hour work stoppage will affect bus services operated by local provider EMT, while partial strikes (00.01-01.00, 05.30-07.30 and 17.30-19.30 (local time)) will be observed on 11 December across all EMT services. On 13 December, another 24-hour walkout is due to affect EMT services, as well as the capital’s metro network.
Sweden: Stockholm: Anticipate disruption during protest over Nobel laureate on 10 December
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 19:41:39 EST
Members in the capital Stockholm on 10 December should anticipate disruption during a protest called by Bosnian war victim associations. The protest will take place at Sergel's Square to denounce a controversial statement made by an Austrian writer who is due to be awarded a Nobel Prize on the same day. Several thousand people are expected to participate in the rally.
United Kingdom: Increase in scarlet fever cases
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 18:04:49 EST
An increased number of scarlet fever cases have been reported in England and Wales, including some cases in London. This disease, most common in children, is caused by the same bacteria that cause strep throat and is very contagious. There is no vaccine to prevent it, though it can be treated with antibiotics. Prevent infection by practising good personal hygiene.
Zimbabwe: Plan journeys accounting for disruption in coming days due to heavy rainfall
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 17:26:07 EST
Members in Zimbabwe in the coming days should plan journeys accounting for potential disruption caused by heavy rain, expected to last until 12 December. The Meteorological Services Department of Zimbabwe (MSDZIM) has issued a warning that heavy rainfall will affect the vast majority of the country, resulting in possible flash flooding in parts of Matabeleland North and South, as well as Masvingo and Midlands provinces. Poor weather is also expected to impact Mashonaland region and the capital Harare. Travellers should liaise with local contacts to reconfirm the status of routes before setting out.
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