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Travel health

Giving travel advice in the uncertain age of COVID-19

Links to recent and upcoming changes in guidance for all 4 areas of the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

What the practice nurse needs to know about Lyme disease

Infected ticks can be found all over the UK and are found in woodland, heathland and parkland, but have also been found in urban parks and gardens. You can be bitten and infected at any time of the...

Travel and COVID-19: what the practice nurse needs to know

On 4 July 2020, UK travel advice changed, with exemptions for travelling to certain countries and territories no longer considered to pose an unacceptably high risk for UK travellers. The UK...

Advising Hajj and Umrah travellers in general practice

On 31 December 2019, a cluster of pneumonia cases were reported to WHO from Wuhan, Hubei Province in China. In January 2020, the Chinese authorities reported a new (novel) coronavirus as the cause of...

Tick-borne diseases: an update for general practice

The method of spread for tick-borne infections may vary depending on the tick species and habitat. Ticks can feed on a number of different mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, with most preferring...

Guidelines for malaria prevention in travellers: what is new?

In 2018, a total of 1683 cases of imported malaria were reported in the UK. This included six malaria deaths, all from P. falciparum acquired in Africa. The majority of UK malaria cases were reported...

Ebola virus disease: are you up to date?

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is classed as a ‘viral haemorrhagic fever’ (VHF)—a group of acute, severe infections often associated with haemorrhage and multi-organ failure. It is a rare disease seen in...

Rabies: an update for nurses in general practice

Rabies lyssavirus (genus Lyssavirus) is shed in the saliva of an infected animal. The virus is transmitted from animal to animal, or from animal to human via a wound such as a bite or scratch, or...

Caring for your migrant patients and providing for their needs

Migrants come to the UK for a variety of reasons, but most commonly they come to work, study or accompany family members. According to the most recent estimates, the leading countries of origin of...

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