If you travel to hunt very much, getting inoculated for dangerous diseases becomes almost second nature, and part of the preparations necessary before any ‘big trip.’ Shots in the arm for tetanus, hepatitis and measles boosters are commonplace. Pills to ward off malaria are easy to swallow and the simple regimen is very effective.
The next time you see your Doctor for shots; don’t forget to ask for Yellow Fever, to be up-to-date on your immunizations, especially if plans are taking you to central Africa.
Several media channels have reported in May that Yellow Fever is on the rise, especially in Angola where 2,300 suspected cases have been reported since December. A few hundred have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo and a few related cases have just appeared in Zambia and one in Namibia.
Yellow Fever is carried by the same mosquitoes that carry dengue and Zika. Yellow Fever kills 80,000 Africans a year. People who contract Yellow Fever can suffer from bleeding internally and through the eyes, nose and mouth. Abdominal pain is typically a symptom. Early symptoms include a high temperature, nausea, vomiting and pain in the muscles. Death is a definitive risk.
Know before you go. The Center for Disease Control, headquartered in Atlanta, has a good website that is a useful tool for researching risks of disease before you head abroad. See www.cdc.gov. On the home page, hit the button towards the left bottom marked “For Specific Groups.” Then hit “Travelers.” From the drop-down menu, choose the country you’re going to visit, and read the results for suggested vaccinations – it is that simple.
If Yellow Fever is found in a country where you’re going to go, don’t take any risks. Before you hit the road, get the simple quick shot in the arm and be safely inoculated. Then, enjoy your hunt.–Phil DeLone, SCI Chief Executive Officer