Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. Patients with measles present with fever and with a rash.
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly infectious disease that affects the respiratory tract
Rabies is a contagious viral disease causing damage to the brain and the spinal cord and is uniformly fatal.
Salmonella are Gram-negative bacteria of the Enterobacteriaceae family. Salmonella are divided into two main groups on the basis of the illness they cause - typhoidal and non-typhoidal Salmonella.
Tetanus, commonly known as “lockjaw”, is a potentially fatal infection caused by the toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium tetani which is often found in soil, street dust or animal or human excrement.
Tick bite fever is caused by tiny bacterial organisms called rickettsias.
Typhoid fever, also called enteric fever, or simply ‘typhoid’, is a systemic illness caused by a bacterial infection with Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica serotype Typhi or serotypes Paratyphi A, B or C
Yellow fever is a vector-borne acute viral haemorrhagic disease caused by an infection with the Yellow Fever virus (YFV)
Vision: A long and healthy life for all South Africans
Mission: To improve health status through the prevention of illnesses and the promotion of healthy lifestyles and to consistently improve the healthcare delivery system by focusing on access, equity, efficiency, quality and sustainability.
The NICD is a major global player in infectious disease intelligence.
The NICD is a resource of knowledge and expertise in regionally relevant communicable diseases to the South African Government, to SADC countries and the African continent. The NICD assists in the planning of policies and programmes and supports appropriate responses to communicable disease problems and issues.
The SASTM’s Mission is to guide the profession in all aspects relating to the practice of travel medicine, liaise with the travel industry, consult with relevant authorities, advise the public and collaborate nationally and internationally on all aspects relating to Travel Medicine.
The South African Department of Health would like to inform you of the amendments to the yellow fever vaccination policy for travellers coming from yellow fever risk countries.
Updated 12 April 2017
You are advised to visit your general practice surgery or a travel medicine clinic at least 6 weeks before you travel. However, it is never too late to seek advice.
If you have a medical condition, you are advised to discuss the suitability of the trip before you book.