Diseases potentially acquired by travel to West Africa
- David Murdoch, MD, MSc, DTM&H, FRACP, FRCPA, FFSc(RCPA)
David Murdoch, MD, MSc, DTM&H, FRACP, FRCPA, FFSc(RCPA)
- Clinical Microbiologist and Infectious Diseases Physician
- University of Otago, Christchurch
West Africa comprises Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. This region encompasses tropical rain forests in the west and south and desert areas in the north.
Malaria — Malaria is a major risk for most travelers to West Africa . Endemic areas exist in all countries in this region. Except for Cape Verde, Plasmodium falciparum is the predominant cause of malaria, and chloroquine resistance is widespread. Country-specific risk areas are listed below :
●Benin – Risk throughout the year in the whole country
●Burkino Faso – Risk throughout the year in the whole country
●Cape Verde – Limited risk from August through November on Santiago Island and Boa Island
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- ARTHROPOD-BORNE DISEASES
- Yellow fever
- African trypanosomiasis
- Chikungunya fever
- Zika virus
- FOODBORNE AND WATERBORNE DISEASES
- Travelers' diarrhea
- Hepatitis A and E
- OTHER INFECTIONS
- Meningococcal disease
- HIV infection
- Other sexually transmitted diseases
- Hepatitis B and C
- Viral hemorrhagic fever
- - Ebola virus
- - Lassa fever
- - Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever
- OTHER HAZARDS
- Snake bites
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