Health Advisory

Uganda’s healthy climate makes it possible to get on with life with a minimum of fuss.

You have to take precaution against malaria by taking anti-malarial two weeks before arrival. All kinds of anti-malarias are available in drug shops and there are white doctors who have been in the country for many years who will treat malaria successfully.

Nearly all-African doctors are good at treating most tropical diseases. Some malaria strains now are resistant to treatments like malaraquine or quinine, so its is better to always take precautions such as using mosquito repellents, creams or sleeping under treated bed-nets. You could also put on long sleeved shirts, socks and occasionally use sprays in your room. You are meanwhile advised to drink bottled mineral water, although tap water in most places can be drunk without problems.

Some visitors to Uganda find a problem coping with fresh vegetables or fruit salads served in hotels, but the problem is usually not that of parasital infection but a change in climate for visitors. You should be able to drink most fresh juices and salads served in most decent hotels. Otherwise washing vegetables or fruits in a tincture of vinegar or salt is recommended. You might want to swim in most of the lakes or rivers, but a precaution should be taken against Schistomiasis (bilharzias).

Compulsory vaccinations:

There was an outbreak of Yellow Fever in northern Uganda in December 2010. You should ensure that your vaccination is up to date before arriving in Uganda. You should also take a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate with you, as you may be asked to produce this when travelling onward from Uganda to other countries.

Recommended immunizations:

Very urgently recommended are vaccination against hepatitis A and typhoid fever. From October to May is recommended vaccination against meningococcal meningitis. In case of a longer stay, is recommended vaccination against hepatitis B and against cholera. For those travelers who will not stay mainly in the towns, is recommended vaccination against rabies.  People over 30 years should be revaccinated against diphtheria and polio. Before travelling you should check, if you are vaccinated against tetanus and measles.

Malaria:

The risk of malaria is on the whole territory, in all altitudes and in urban areas.

Other risks of infectious diseases:

Plague

Vaccination is recommended only to those who might occasionally be in contact with rodents (anthropologists, archaeologists, geologists, medical missionaries, spelunkers, etc.). Routine vaccinations should be completed before entering the areas affected by the plague. The risk areas are located along the border with Zaire and Sudan. The last outbreak occurred in the district of Nebbi, Arua and Masindi (near Lake Albert).

Typhus

Typhus is a cosmopolitan disease and can occur wherever groups of people living in poor social conditions. The outbreak of typhus occurred in this country and the risk exists for all persons living or working in areas of the country (anthropologists, archaeologists, geologists, medical missionaries, etc.). .

E.granulosus  is mainly in the southwest, visceral leishmaniasis especially in Karamoja in the northeast. Filariasis, lymphatic onchocerciasis, Loa-Loa, Tick-borne relapsing fever, Chikungunya, Krim-Congo Fever, O'nyong-Nyong, Sleeping sickness - especially in the area of northern region of lakes Victoria and Kyoga to northern localities, and to the border region with Lake Edward, Ebola Fever, Diarrhoea

 

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