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Dengue Vaccination Enters a New Age

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A Viewpoint published by the JAMA Network on December 15, 2021, highlights how dengue disease has become an increasing risk in various countries.
Furthermore, as the Aedes species mosquito vector reaches into new areas, the risk for large outbreaks in U.S. territories and gateway states increases daily as international travelers return from endemic regions. 
These researchers say, ‘Clinicians should become familiar with practical dengue prevention tools such as vaccines.’

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Who is the CDC Searching For at These Airports

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky recently confirmed the agency is ramping up traveler testing and surveillance at four key U.S airports.
Under the extended CDC program, any traveler arriving at John F. Kennedy International, Liberty International, San Francisco International, and Hartsfield-Jackson International airports are being monitored for SARS-CoV-2 virus infections, including the new Omicron variant.

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Testing Requirement Tightened for International Visitors

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today the Global Testing Order had been shortened the required testing timeline for all international air travelers visiting the U.S.
Effective on December 6, 2021, prospective visitors must from any foreign country complete an approved COVID-19 test one day before departure to the U.S. 
This revision strengthens already robust protocols for international travel, including requirements for foreign travelers to be fully vaccinated.

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Omicron Variant Travel Advice Issued

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The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed today an increasing number of countries are introducing temporary travel measures, including temporarily prohibiting the arrival of international travelers from South African countries and others.
These travel bans are related to the variant of concern (VOC) named Omicron.
The WHO calls on all countries to follow the IHR (2005) and show global solidarity in rapid and transparent information sharing in response to Omicron.

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Brazil’s Yellow Fever Challenges Continue Regardless of Weather

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Although yellow fever is not a contagious disease, the diffusion pattern described by Brazilian researchers in a new study is known as “spread by contagion.’
This term refers to the virus transmission through contiguous and nearby areas.
Yellow fever is a non-contagious viral disease with two transmission cycles, sylvatic (in wild animals) and urban, between people.
Sylvatic yellow fever circulates among monkeys, and in Brazil, it is also transmitted by mosquitoes that bite an infected monkey who then infect others. 

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Thanksgiving Holiday Plans Include International Visitors

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Airports and roads may be jam-packed for the Thanksgiving holiday as AAA predicts about 53 million people will travel this year.
This forecast represents an increase of 13% from 2020.
With 6.4 million more people traveling this Thanksgiving coupled with the recent opening of the U.S. borders to fully vaccinated international travelers—people should prepare for airports to be noticeably more crowded.
As travel restrictions continue to lift and consumer confidence builds, AAA urges travelers to be proactive when making their plans this holiday season.

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Yellow Fever Testing Partners With Preventive Vaccines

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A team of technical officers in the National Public Health Laboratory has been building extra capacity in South Sudan to control yellow fever outbreaks, reported the WHO Africa.
Strengthening national capacities for case detection, investigation, and testing is critical for effective yellow fever control.
This effort is essential since South Sudan lies in the yellow fever belt and has reported 187 cases, including 27 deaths in three separate outbreaks in 2003, 2018, and 2020.

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Australia Accepts China and India COVID-19 Vaccinated Travelers

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Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) determined that Covaxin (manufactured by Bharat Biotech, India) and BBIBP-CorV (manufactured by Sinopharm, China) vaccines would be 'recognized' to establish a traveler’s vaccination status. 
This recognition announced on November 1, 2021, is for travelers aged 12 and over who have been vaccinated with Covaxin and those 18 to 60 who have been immunized with BBIBP-CorV.

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U.S. Land Ports of Entry and Ferry Terminals Reopen to Fully Vaccinated Visitors

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on October 30, 2021, that non-citizen travelers who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate documentation will be permitted to enter the United States via land ports of entry (POE) and ferry terminals starting on November 8, 2021. 
This shift eases long-standing restrictions on non-essential travel, consistent with public health guidance.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. government implemented temporary travel restrictions on March 20, 2020.

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Innovative Malaria Vaccine Offers Travelers Much Needed Protection

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In early October 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) endorsed the first-ever vaccine against malaria, a parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of an infective female Anopheles mosquito.
This achievement is the product of 30 years of research and development. 
It is the first against malaria, and the first for any human parasitic disease stated an article recently published by Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute.
This WHO endorsement was important since malaria is a significant cause of illness and death in sub-Saharan Africa.