Rift Valley fever (RVF) is an acute, fever-causing viral disease that usually affects domesticated animals (such as cattle and sheep), but can also infect and cause illness in humans. The majority of human infections are caused by direct or indirect contact with the blood or organs of infected animals.
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Destination Information for Central African Republic
The Central African Republic (CAR) is a landlocked country which can be difficult and dangerous to visit due to the unstable political situation. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently advise against all travel here. Those who do choose to visit the country should be aware that the risk of violence and attacks is extremely high. There are illegal armed patrols and roadblocks in place throughout the Central African Republic, with rebel activities, hostage taking, bandits and other violence incidents an everyday occurrence.
Central African Republic is high risk for malaria and Yellow fever, it is advisable to visit a Travel clinic to get the necessary vaccines, medications and advice before you travel.
Medical care and treatment facilities are extremely limited. If you do venture to the Central African Republic you should ensure that you have good travel insurance in place which covers air evacuation, either for medical reasons or for your personal safety.
Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:
- Food and water hygiene
- Insect and animal bite avoidances
- Personal safety
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Sun protection
- Altitude sickness
Malaria and regions within country:
There is a high risk of P.Falciparum malaria throughout the country and anti-malarial medication is advised.
Additional Health Risks Information for Central African Republic
The area of stunning natural beauty that makes up the Central African Republic is the perfect place to experience some of the world’s most amazing wildlife. From elephants and gorillas to butterflies, this incredible country is home to creatures and views that many are not fortunate enough to see. Central African Republic is a landlocked country, and travel here can be difficult and dangerous. Visitors are advised to check the current situation before embarking on any trip.
One of the few areas of the country which welcomes and attracts tourists is the Dzanga-Sangha National Park, situated in the south-west of Central African Republic. Most visitors arrive by chartered plane, and stay at the riverside lodge. Here, you’ll see some of the natural wildlife of the country, and have the opportunity to meet the indigenous Baka people, who are welcoming and positive. If the people are what draws you to venture to CAR, you’ll also find M’Baïki, a timber, coffee and tobacco growing area surrounded by rainforest a useful base for visiting Baka camps. Another attraction enjoyed by tourists is Chutes de Boali, stunning waterfalls with a 164ft drop, which are most dramatic during the rainy season.