Health guide for SWC tourists

2010-05-28 16:46
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Johannesburg – The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has developed a health guide for tourists visiting South Africa for the FIFA World Cup, the institute said on Friday.

The guide was developed and posted on its website to prevent visitors from acquiring communicable diseases during the World Cup, the NICD said in a statement.

"Major anticipated health risks (for visitors) may include cold-related illness, food-borne and water-borne illness, communicable diseases and incidents related to trauma and other types of injuries," the NICD said.

"The diseases which can occur during such events might be from conditions which are endemic to the country or can be imported by the visitors."

The NICD encouraged visitors to take medical precautions and consult their doctor prior to arriving in South Africa.

The health guide offers tourists information on a variety of diseases such as malaria, measles and Rift Valley Fever.

Visitors are also advised about safe food and water consumption.

"We provide general travel recommendations focusing on preventive measures that will assist visitors in experiencing a healthy World Cup," the NICD said.
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