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Mauritius

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The information on this page should be used as part of a comprehensive pre-travel health consultation. Ideally this should be scheduled at least six weeks prior to travel. All travellers should have adequate travel health insurance.

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General Health Risks


Vaccine Preventable Risks

Travellers should be up to date with routinely recommended vaccinations according to the UK schedule:

Yellow Fever

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Administration of yellow fever vaccine should take into account both the certificate requirements under International Health Regulations and the risk of yellow fever at the destination. The lack of a certificate requirement does not necessarily indicate that there is no risk of disease.

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YELLOW FEVER

Yellow fever is a systemic viral disease.

Risk assessment
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country, however, there is a certificate requirement.
Certificate requirements
  • Under International Health Regulations (2005), a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
  • View the list of countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.(179KB PDF)
Resources
Health Professionals

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Yellow Fever

NaTHNaC Yellow Fever Vaccine: Information for Travellers

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Insect Bite Avoidance

Department of Health Immunisation Against Infectious Disease (Green Book)

World Health Organization (WHO) Yellow Fever Vaccination Recommendations and Requirements

Travellers

NaTHNaC Yellow Fever Vaccine: Information for Travellers

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Insect Bite Avoidance

Additional Risks

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The diseases below may be a risk in all or part of the country and are presented alphabetically:

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid

HEPATITIS A

Hepatitis A is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver. A map showing the global areas at risk for hepatitis A can be found here (102 KB GIF)

Risk assessment
Risk management
Resources
Health Professionals

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Hepatitis A

Department of Health: Immunisation against infectious disease (Green Book) - Hepatitis A

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Prevention of Food and Water-Borne Diseases

Travellers

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Hepatitis A

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Prevention of Food and Water-Borne Diseases

HEPATITIS B

Hepatitis B is a viral disease that causes inflammation of the liver and may lead to chronic complications.

Risk assessment
Risk management
Resources
Health Professionals

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Hepatitis B

Department of Health Immunisation Against Infectious Disease (Green Book)

Travellers

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Hepatitis B

RABIES

Rabies is a neurological disease caused by viruses of the Lyssavirus genus.

Risk assessment
Risk management
  • Travellers should avoid contact with wild or domestic animals.
  • Following an animal bite, wounds should be thoroughly cleansed and an urgent medical assessment sought, even if the wound appears trivial. Prompt post-exposure treatment is required, even if pre-exposure vaccine has been received.
  • The need for post-exposure rabies treatment should be discussed during this medical assessment.
  • Suitable vaccine and immunoglobulin may be in short supply or unavailable in some countries.
Resources
Health Professionals

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Rabies

Department of Health. Immunisation Against Infectious Disease (Green Book)

World Health Organization (WHO) Rabnet

Travellers

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Rabies

TETANUS

Tetanus is caused by a toxin released from Clostridium tetani bacteria.

Risk assessment
Risk management
  • Travellers should thoroughly clean all wounds and seek appropriate medical attention
  • Travellers should have completed a primary vaccination course according to the UK schedule.
  • A booster dose should be givenAll travellers in risk categories should receive vaccine to travellers whose last dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine was given more than 10 years ago, and who will not have ready access to medical care; even if they have received five doses previously.
Resources
Health Professionals

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Tetanus

Department of Health Immunisation Against Infectious Disease (Green Book)

Travellers

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Tetanus

TYPHOID

Typhoid fever is a systemic disease caused by Salmonella Typhi bacteria.

Risk assessment
Risk management
  • Travellers should practice strict food, water and personal hygiene precautions even if vaccinated.
  • Most travellers are at low risk and do not need vaccination.
  • Vaccine may be givenMost travellers at low risk, consider vaccine for those in risk categories to travellers whose planned activities put them at higher risk (see above). Current vaccines against Salmonella Typhi are only 50-80% protective and do not protect against Salmonella Paratyphi. Previous typhoid illness does not confer reliable immunity.
Resources
Health Professionals

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Typhoid and Paratyphoid Fever

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Prevention of Food- and Water-Borne Diseases

Department of Health Immunisation Against Infectious Disease (Green Book)

Travellers

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Typhoid and Paratyphoid Fever

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Prevention of Food- and Water-Borne Diseases


Non-Vaccine Preventable Risks

This section details infectious disease risks for which there are no vaccines as well as some non-infectious disease risks. This is not an exhaustive list. Further information about infectious and non-infectious disease risks can be found on the NaTHNaC Health Information Sheets. Travellers should be aware that accidents and injuries are a cause of serious illness during travel.

Malaria

Non-Vaccine Preventable Risks: Malaria | Additional Risks | Back to Top

MALARIA

There is no risk of malaria in this country.

Additional Risks

Non-Vaccine Preventable Risks: Malaria | Additional Risks | Back to Top

The risks below may be a risk in all or part of the country and are presented alphabetically:

Dengue fever, link_schisto_haem.htmSchistosomiasis

DENGUE FEVER

Dengue is a systemic viral disease. A map showing the global areas at risk for dengue can be found here (85 KB GIF)

Risk assessment
Risk management
  • Travellers should take mosquito bite avoidance measures. Aedes mosquitoes feed predominantly during daylight hours.
  • There is no vaccination or medication to prevent dengue.
  • A previous dengue illness with one of the four dengue virus serotypes does not confer immunity to other virus serotypes.
  • Infection with a second dengue serotype may be a risk factor for the development of dengue haemorrhagic fever.
Resources
Health Professionals

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Dengue Fever

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Insect Bite Avoidance

NaTHNaC Outbreak Survellience Database

Travellers

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Dengue Fever

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Insect Bite Avoidance

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SCHISTOSOMIASIS

Schistosomiasis is a parasitic flatworm infection of the intestinal or urinary system caused by one of several species of Schistosoma.

Risk assessment
Risk management
  • Travellers should avoid wading, swimming, or bathing in fresh water.
  • Swimming in chlorinated water or sea water is not a risk for schistosomiasis.
  • Topical application of insect repellent before exposure to water, or towel drying after accidental exposure to schistosomiasis are not reliable in preventing infection.
  • There is no vaccine or tablets to prevent schistosomiasis.
  • Travellers who may have been exposed to schistosomiasis should have a medical assessment.
Resources
Health Professionals

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Schistosomiasis

Travellers

NaTHNaC Health Information Sheet on Schistosomiasis


Disclaimer

The travel health information contained in these pages is intended for health professionals who assess a patients travel health needs. This document is not a complete medical guide for travellers and as such travellers using this site should consult with a health professional for specific information related to your travel and medical history. While every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the travel health information, NaTHNaC cannot accept any liability for injury, loss or damage arising in any respect of any statement contained therein.

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