Clay Mosque in Mali Grass and Gounia Falls, Mali

Travel Vaccinations for Mali

Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Mali

A consultation will be completed with one of our specialist travel health nurses to assess your individual travel plans and health background before making recommendations, which can then be administered during the same appointment.

Yellow Fever + Certificate
From £83
Hepatitis A - Adult
From £93
Typhoid
From £60
Tetanus, Diphtheria & Polio
From £50

Vaccines Advised To Some Mali Visitors

Meningitis ACWY + Certificate
From £70
Rabies
From £75
Cholera (oral)
From £40
Hepatitis B (call to reserve)
From £57
There is a risk of Malaria in Mali. London Travel Clinic offers a range of antimalarials to keep you protected

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Gounia Falls, Mali

Destination Information for Mali

The African country of Mali is home to some incredible sights and scenery, as well as the famous historical city of Timbuktu. Its capital, Bamako, is the fastest growing city in Africa, and is known as the music capital of West Africa – some of the world’s best musicians hail from Mali. Situated on the banks of the River Niger and boasting a fascinating mix of various architectural styles, Bamako truly is the beating heart of Mali.

Timbuktu is famed for its intellectual history and a long tradition as a trading outpost dating back centuries and helping the then thriving trade in salt and gold. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and tourist destination thanks to its reputation and although it is perhaps no longer as grand as it once was, it still oozes history. You can see the three great mosques of Mali here, serving as reminders of the significance of Timbuktu’s history, although please be aware non-Muslims are not permitted entry to these mosques at this time. Timbuktu’s name has come to be a metaphor for distant, exotic and inaccessible places.

Don’t miss out on a visit to Dogon Country, a mysterious landscape of Cliffside villages, where the people have deliberately isolated themselves from the rest of the world and are completely unaffected by influences from other cultures. Visit in January to experience Mali’s Festival in the Desert, taking place on the sands north-west of Timbuktu. This unique event promised three amazing days of music, tents, camel racing, dancing and more!

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:

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Non Vaccinated Diseases

Rift Valley fever

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.

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever

Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is primarily spread to humans either by infected ticks or animal blood. Human-to-human transmission can also occur resulting from close contact with the blood, organs or other bodily fluids of an infected person.

West Nile virus

West Nile virus (WNV) is spread by mosquitoes in many countries. There are usually no symptoms, although some people develop mild flu-like symptoms, nausea and skin rash. The virus is not contagious and should get better without any treatment.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

African tick bite fever

Bacterial infection from bite from infected ticks. Most common between April-November and in rural, camping and hiking areas. Causes redness around site of bite and symptoms usually within 2 weeks, such as fever, muscle pain, headache and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50

Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes and it causes fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Joint pain is often debilitating and can vary in duration. The disease shares some clinical signs with Dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where Dengue is common. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems Bed Bug Barrier Bedsheet
£12.99
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is a viral disease which develops from mosquito bites during the day time. There is no treatment, only symptomatic relief. Symptoms include: High fever (40°C), severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and a rash usually lasting for 2-7 days. WHO estimates 390 million cases of Dengue infections per year.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Leishmaniasis

A parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of an infected sandfly. Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (the most common): Causes skin lesions, mainly ulcers on exposed parts of the body, causing scars and serious disability. 90% of cases are in the Americas, the Mediterranean basin, the Middle East and Asia. Visceral Leishmaniasis (the most dangerous): Causes enlarged spleen and liver, anaemia, weight loss and irregular bouts of fever. Highly endemic in the Indian Subcontinent and East Africa. Mucotaneous (the least common): Causes partial or total destruction of the mucous membranes in the nose, mouth and throat. Most cases are found in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25

Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis, also called bilharzia, is an infection caused by a parasitic worm that lives in fresh water in subtropical and tropical regions. Avoid swimming in fresh water rivers, streams and lakes if you can. You often don't have any symptoms at first, but after a few weeks may develop a rash, high temperature, cough, diarrhoea and joint pain. Schistosomiasis can usually be treated successfully with a short course of a medication that kills the worms.

Trypanosomiasis

Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, is a parasitic disease transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected tsetse fly, which is only found in rural Africa. Initial symptoms include severe headache, insomnia, enlarged lymph nodes, anaemia and rash.

Travel Kits and Accessories
Price
Deet 50% - 100ml
£8
Deet 50% - 50ml
£6
Lifesystems EX4 Anti-Mozzie Fabric Spray - 350ml
£8.50
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Single
£20
Lifesystems Micro Mosquito Net - Double
£25
Natural Mosquito Repellent - 100ml
£7.75

Additional Health Risks Information for Mali

If you’re planning a trip to Mali, you should be aware of the advice currently provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. All travel to the provinces of Tombouctou, Kidal, Gao and Mopti should be avoided, and you should only visit certain parts of the provinces of Kayes, Koulikoro and Segou if it is unavoidable and essential. Terrorist attacks here are highly likely. A state of emergency issued by the Malian government in April 2016 remains in place until the end of October 2017. There is a visible security presence in towns and cities, and wherever in Mali you may be, keep emergency stocks of food, water and medical supplies in case of an attack or other disturbance in the area.

Mali 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.

Travel within Mali can be extremely difficult. There is a UN peacekeeping mission currently taking place in the north of country, however the situation is still extremely fragile. Roadblocks, armed bandits and car-jacking is a likely occurrence. Medical assistance within Mali is limited. Be sensible about personal hygiene, food preparation and drinking water to minimise the risk of becoming ill. If you do need medical attention, you should contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

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