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From Ebola to Zika: what should pharmacists advise?

From Ebola to Zika: what should pharmacists advise?

Travel health usually brings to mind insect repellent, sun protection and remedies for upset stomachs. But in recent years, more serious threats have emerged from disease outbreaks overseas.

Recent dangers

The biggest disease to emerge as a major threat was the outbreak of Ebola virus in West Africa, between March 2014 and June 2016. More than 28,000 cases were recorded – and 11,000 people died – in the outbreak of haemorrhagic fever. UK travellers were warned against all but essential travel to the region, with the exception of healthcare workers directly involved in the international aid response.

The disease caused havoc in the countries most directly affected – Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia – in the last outbreak. But with the exception of a few

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