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Outbreak Sickens Yellowstone Campers

By GILLIAN MOHNEY Jun 20, 2013, 4:28 PM
PHOTO: The National Park Service is cautioning visitors to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks about an increase in stomach-related illnesses.

Those heading on a camping trip this summer might want to be just as wary of crossing paths with the wrong bacteria as they would a hungry bear.

After 200 park employees and visitors reported bouts of gastrointestinal illness at Yellowstone National Park and nearby Grand Teton National Park this month, national park officials have warned visitors to be vigilant about hygiene.

The outbreak started on June 7, when a group touring the Mammoth Hot Springs complained of stomach flu and other gastrointestinal problems. After the tour group members reported their illnesses, about other 50 visitors and 150 park employees reported similar symptoms.

Preliminary reports found that they had norovirus, or "stomach flu," which affects up to 21 million people, every year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Doctors Warn of New Stomach 'Superbug' Hitting U.S.

Al Mash, spokesman for Yellowstone National Park, said campers who were worried about the outbreak should take care to properly store their food and wash their hands with soap and water before eating. "Don't rely on hand sanitizer. It's good for a while if you don't have access to water," said Mash. "But sanitizer is a poor second to washing your hands."

According to the CDC, the norovirus can be very contagious and is usually passed from contaminated surfaces or food.

Mash said that while it might be more difficult to wash hands before and after meals on camping trips, sporting goods stores sell soap slivers or biodegradable soap that can be used on camping trips. "My manta is be aware but not afraid," said Mash.

Employees at Yellowstone and nearby Grand Teton park have been cleaning and disinfecting the areas where the illnesses were first reported. Yellowstone National Park regularly has 20,000 visitors a day.

The norovirus outbreak is just the latest one to hit the national parks. Last year, Yosemite National Park experienced an outbreak of the deadly hantavirus. Infection with hantavirus, often contracted through contact with contaminated mouse f***s or urine, can lead to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, which can be fatal, according to the CDC.

For Hantavirus Survivors, Yosemite a Painful Reminder

During last summer's outbreak, eight people were sickened and three died. To stop the spread of disease the National Park Service tore down the buildings where the outbreak was centered and are currently trapping and testing mice for the hantavirus.

Kathy Kupper, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service, said if campers were worried about becoming sick they should be sure to check in with the park's website or information line before they arrive. Any potential hazards from disease outbreaks from high concentrations of ticks, for example, will be listed in each national park's newsletter or on its website.

"Always pay attention to the information. Don't just take the [informational pamphlet] and throw it in the glove box," said Kupper.

Kupper said the one piece of camping safety advice, which is most often forgotten, is to stay put if lost.

"Otherwise it's like a wild goose chase," said Kupper. "Stop moving. That way you're conserving energy, and rescuers have a better chance to find you."


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WHO: China bird flu not spreading easily in humans
Posted: 04/19/2013 12:46:30 AM MDT
April 19, 2013 8:40 AM GMTUpdated: 04/19/2013 02:40:43 AM MDT

By GILLIAN WONG Associated PressAssociated Press

BEIJING—There's no evidence a new bird flu strain is spreading easily among people in China even though there may be sporadic cases of the virus spreading to people who have close contacts with patients, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Fifteen global and Chinese health experts are on a mission in Beijing and Shanghai to learn more about the H7N9 bird flu virus that has killed 17 people and sickened 70 others, said Dr. Michael O'Leary, head of WHO's office in China.

O'Leary says a major focus is to learn how the virus infects humans. "The evidence suggests still that poultry is a vehicle for transmission but epidemiologists haven't yet been able to establish a clear and strong link," O'Leary told reporters in Beijing.

The source of the virus remains unclear because only a handful of birds—out of tens of thousands that have been tested—have been found to carry the H7N9 virus. Also, many of the patients have no reported history of contact with birds.

Still, Chinese health and agricultural authorities have closed live poultry markets and slaughtered birds as preventive measures based on suspicion that sick people had contact with infected fowl.

On Thursday, the State Forestry Administration said wild bird sales have been suspended to prevent the spread of the virus.

The team of WHO, Chinese and global experts will also study a few "clusters" of confirmed and potential infections that have emerged in the past three weeks, O'Leary said.

O'Leary maintained that there has been no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission but that it remained unclear how in a few cases, caregivers or neighbors of patients have also become ill.

Even within the rare and isolated examples of potential clusters it is hard to determine if one person got it from another or if they were all exposed to the same source of infection, he said.

This week, Chinese health authorities confirmed that a son of an 87-year-old man in Shanghai who was the earliest known H7N9 case was also infected with the virus. The man had fallen sick in mid-February and died in early March.

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As reported from the Associated Press, 04192013

Bringing Medications or Filling Prescriptions AbroadA traveler going abroad with a preexisting medical problem should ca...
Web Sites of Foreign Embassies in the U.S.

Bringing Medications or Filling Prescriptions Abroad

A traveler going abroad with a preexisting medical problem should carry a letter from the attending physician, describing the medical condition and any prescription medications, including the generic names of prescribed drugs. Any medications being carried overseas should be left in their original containers and be clearly labeled. Travelers should check with the foreign embassy of the country they are visiting to make sure any required medications are not considered to be illegal narcotics. A listing of foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S. is available on the Department of State’s website at Foreign embassy and consulate contact information can also be found on the Country Specific Information for each country.

If you wear eyeglasses, take an extra pair with you. Pack medicines and extra eyeglasses in your hand luggage so they will be available in case your checked luggage is lost. To be extra secure, pack a backup supply of medicines and an additional pair of eyeglasses in your checked luggage.

If you have allergies, reactions to certain medications, foods, or insect bites, or other unique medical problems, consider wearing a "medical alert" bracelet. You may also wish to carry a letter from your physician explaining required treatment should you become ill.

Information on filling a prescription abroad and other health issues may be found at

Home » Bureaus/Offices Reporting Directly to the Secretary » Office of the Chief of Protocol » Foreign Embassy Information & Publications » Diplomatic List » Web Sites of Foreign Embassies in the US



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We are frequently asked about medical evacuation insurance. The Department of State urges Americans to consider purchasing medical coverage for emergency expenses such as medical
evacuation during their trip. The Social Security Medicare Program and most private insurances do not provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside the USA. Most importantly, your provider here is unable to logistically ensure you receive proper care abroad. In choosing a provider, you may want to consider TravelCare Plans. They are recommended by International SOS.

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Eurosurveillance, Volume 17, Issue 45, 08 November 2012Rapid communicationsOngoing outbreak of an acute muscular Sarcocy...
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Eurosurveillance, Volume 17, Issue 45, 08 November 2012
Rapid communications
Ongoing outbreak of an acute muscular Sarcocystis-like illness among travellers returning from Tioman Island, Malaysia, 2011-2012
D H Esposito ()1, D O Freedman2, A Neumayr3, P Parola4

Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
GeoSentinel Program Office, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States
TropNet Coordinating Center, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland
EuroTravNet Coordinating Center, University Hospital Institute for Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Aix-Marseille University and Assisitance-Publique Hôpitaux de Marseille, Marseille, France

Citation style for this article: Esposito DH, Freedman DO, Neumayr A, Parola P. Ongoing outbreak of an acute muscular Sarcocystis-like illness among travellers returning from Tioman Island, Malaysia, 2011-2012. Euro Surveill. 2012;17(45):pii=20310. Available online:
Date of submission: 05 November 2012

As of 4 November, 2012, 100 patients with an acute muscular Sarcocystis-like illness associated with travel to Tioman Island, Malaysia, have been identified. Thirty-five travelled there mostly during July and August 2011 and 65 mostly during July and August 2012, suggesting an ongoing outbreak. Epidemiological investigations are ongoing. Public health agencies and practicing clinicians should be aware of this rarely-reported disease in humans and consider it as differential diagnosis in travellers returning from Tioman Island.
From 27 July to 4 November 2012, GeoSentinel [1], working with EuroTravNet [2] and TropNet [3], has identified 65 patients with an acute muscular Sarcocystis-like illness after recent travel to Tioman Island. All of these patients had traveled to Tioman, located off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, mostly during July and August, 2012. Reports originated from Germany (n=25), France (n=20), the Netherlands (n=12), Switzerland (n=3), Belgium (n=2), Spain (n=2), and Singapore (n=1). These patients appear to represent the second wave of an outbreak that started in 2011 [4]. An epidemiologic investigation, initiated in November 2011, is ongoing.

Outbreak description

Starting from October 25, 2011, 35 patients with an acute muscular Sarcocystis-like illness were identified by early 2012; all traveled to Tioman Island, mostly during July and August of 2011. Following months without reports, new patients have been identified since late July 2012, and 65 have been reported to GeoSentinel by 4 November 2012. Cases presented here with limited, preliminary data, are patients reported to GeoSentinel with suspected acute muscular sarcocystosis, defined as an acute illness characterised by prominent musculoskeletal complaints with or without fever, with unexplained eosinophilia and recent travel to Tioman Island.

Although data collection is incomplete, the clinical presentation appears to be identical to that seen last year: almost all patients have experienced fever and myalgia while fewer have complained of arthralgia, asthenia, headache, cough, and diarrhoea. Only some had pruritic rash or edema of the face or an extremity. At least four patients were hospitalised.

Laboratory investigations showed that in many cases, at the onset of symptoms absolute eosinophil counts and serum creatinine phosphokinase (CPK) levels can be normal but begin to be moderately elevated approximately 30 days or more after departure from Tioman Island. Maximum absolute eosinophil counts and serum CPK levels from patients with data available, have typically been

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