Scrub typhus, also known as bush typhus, is a bacterial disease that is spread to people through bites of infected chiggers (larval mites). Common symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, and sometimes rash. It can usually be treated with antibiotics, however people with severe illness may develop organ failure and bleeding, which can be fatal if left untreated.
Travel Vaccinations for Singapore
Vaccines To Consider When Visiting Singapore
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Destination Information for Singapore
The global financial centre of Singapore lies off the Southern coast of Malaysia. It is an island city-state, with a vast and multicultural population. Singapore is a dynamic and modern city, which is often used as a stopover for travellers heading to long-haul destinations, but it has plenty to offer as a destination in its own right. There are Chinese, Malayan and Indian influences everywhere, from the food and music to the architecture.
With contemporary developments springing up all the time, you won’t have to look far for a good restaurant or shopping complex. The city’s centre piece is Marina Bay Sands, a skyscraper with three towers. Adrenaline-lovers should make sure to pay a visit to the Universal Studios theme park at Resorts World, Sentosa.
If you’re inclined more towards ‘traditional’ sightseeing opportunities, Chinatown and Little India are colourful and exciting places to be. You could also head to Singapore Zoo, the Botanical Gardens or the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. With beaches, diving trips, wildlife watching, shopping, world-class cuisine, theatres, museums, galleries and more, it’s no wonder Singapore is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.
The climate in Singapore is tropical, and the summer heat combined with haze from forest fires in neighbouring Sumatra means that June to October can be an uncomfortable time. It is hot all year round with sudden, heavy rain and thunder almost daily, although it stops as suddenly as it began.
Dengue Fever in Singapore
Dengue fever has been reported from Singapore. As of 17 April 2015, a total of 2480 cases have been recorded.
Advice to Travellers
Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, is recommended. Bite avoidance measures include: covering up with clothing, the use of insect repellent and bed nets impregnated with insecticide. Reduction of mosquito breeding sites around hotel rooms/homes is advised for longer term stays.
Malaria and regions within country:
Malaria is not normally present in Singapore.
Additional Health Risks Information for Singapore
Violent crime is rare in Singapore, but tourists and visitors to the country should be aware of the potential for street crime including muggings, bag snatching, pick pocketing and scams. Carry your possessions carefully about be vigilant about your personal safety at all times, especially in busy areas when foreigners can be seen as an easy target.
Health care facilities in Singapore are excellent, but expensive. You will be required to pay for any treatment in full, so make sure that you have funds available and adequate travel insurance in place to cover this, along with repatriation if necessary. Prescribed medication in Singapore may not be the same as in the UK, or be available at all, so carry any required medicines with you, along with a prescription showing what they are.
During the months from June to October the level of air pollution and haze in Singapore is high, especially in the cities. This can cause breathing difficulties for those with asthma and can also cause disruption to travel. Check the local conditions for your specific destination. There are mosquitos and the risk of associated diseases including dengue fever and chikungunya virus all year round. Take all possible precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitos by using insect repellent with 50% deet.