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Health Information, Diseases and Vaccine Information

Before setting off, you may want to check the illnesses described below that occur in Kenya and its surrounding Tropical countries. The information displayed is from the CDC and should be pretty accurate. As a strict rule of thumb; if you think that there is something wrong, go see a doctor.

In general, 1st timers to Tropical African countries worry about medical attention & care. We personally can inform you that these countries have qualified doctors that are highly skilled and know tropical diseases better than your average 1st world doctors.
Let this not be the reason to stop you travelling on your own or with your friends and family – what ever age.

If you're not sure where to find good medical attention, check with the nearest international hotel as they usually have their own "house doctor" that can help you (note: the facilities and / or doctors they refer you to will most likely ask for payment).

Our personal opinion on Bushdrums.com – prevention is better than cure! Therefore take the necessary steps to prevent drinking dirty water, getting bitten by mosquitoes, getting a sun stroke or infected by sexually transmitted diseases amongst others.

Remember, when you are back home and your stay in Africa has become a unique memory; should you feel uncomfortable in any way, please inform your doctor that you were away on vacation / work in a tropical country – even after 6 months.

Below the list of diseases we have preselected all news published on bushdrums for you to see if any outbreak recently occured.

AIDS

AIDS is a serious disease, first recognized as a distinct syndrome in 1981. This syndrome represents the late clinical stage of infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIVGG), resulting in progressive damage to the immune system and in life-threatening infectious and noninfectious complications.

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Cholera

Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by toxigenic Vibrio cholerae O-group 1 or O-group 139. The infection is often mild and self limited or subclinical. Patients with severe cases respond dramatically to simple fluid- and electrolyte-replacement therapy. Infection is acquired primarily by ingesting contaminated water or food; person-to-person transmission is rare.

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Dengue Fever

Dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) are viral diseases transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, usually Ae. aegypti . The four dengue viruses (DEN-1 through DEN-4) are immunologically related, but do not provide cross-protective immunity against each other.

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Hepatitis, Viral, Type A

Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver caused by hepatitis A virus (HAV). HAV infection may be asymptomatic or its clinical manifestations may range in severity from a mild illness lasting 1-2 weeks to a severely disabling disease lasting several months. Clinical manifestations of hepatitis A often include fever, malaise, anorexia, nausea, and abdominal discomfort, followed within a few days by jaundice.

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Hepatitis, Viral, Type B

Hepatitis B is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). The clinical manifestations of HBV infection range in severity from no symptoms to fulminant hepatitis. Signs and symptoms of hepatitis B may include fever, malaise, anorexia, nausea, and abdominal discomfort, followed within a few days by jaundice.

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Hepatitis, Viral, Type C

Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Most persons who acquire acute HCV infection either have no symptoms or have a mild clinical illness. However, chronic HCV infection develops in 75%-85% of those acutely infected, with chronic liver disease developing in 60%-70% of chronically infected persons. Chronic hepatitis C is the leading cause for liver transplantation in the United States.

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Hepatitis, Viral, Type E

Hepatitis E, which is caused by the hepatitis E virus (HEV), cannot be distinguished reliably from other forms of acute viral hepatitis except by specific serologic testing.

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Malaria

Malaria in humans is caused by one of four protozoan species of the genus Plasmodium: P. falciparum , P. vivax , P. ovale , or P. malariae . All species are transmitted by the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Occasionally, transmission occurs by blood transfusion, organ transplantation, needle-sharing, or congenitally from mother to fetus. Although malaria can be a fatal disease, illness and death from malaria are largely preventable.

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Chikungunya Fever

Chikungunya fever is a viral disease transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes. Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a member of the genus Alphavirus, in the family Togaviridae. CHIKV was first isolated from the blood of a febrile patient in Tanzania in 1953, and has since been identified repeatedly in west, central and southern Africa and many areas of Asia, and has been cited as the cause of numerous human epidemics in those areas since that time. The virus circulates throughout much of Africa, with transmission thought to occur mainly between mosquitoes and monkeys.

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African Sleeping Sickness

Trypanosomiasis is a systemic disease caused by the parasite Trypanosoma brucei . East African trypanosomiasis is caused by T. b. rhodesiense and West African trypanosomiasis by T. b. gambiense . Both forms are transmitted by the bite of the tsetse fly, a gray-brown insect about the size of a honeybee.

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Tuberculosis

Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a rod-shaped bacterium that can cause disseminated disease but is most frequently associated with pulmonary infections. The bacilli are transmitted by the airborne route and, depending on host factors, may lead to latent tuberculosis infection (sometimes abbreviated LTBI) or tuberculosis disease (TB). Both conditions can usually be treated successfully with medications.

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Yellow Fever

Yellow fever is a viral disease that is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Illness ranges in severity from an influenza-like syndrome to severe hepatitis and hemorrhagic fever. The yellow fever virus is maintained in nature by mosquito-borne transmission between nonhuman primates. Transmission by mosquitoes from one human to another occurs during epidemics of "urban yellow fever."

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Rift Valley Fever

Rift Valley fever is a viral disease generally found in sub-Saharan Africa where sheep and cattle are raised, but the virus has also occurred in Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula and in Madagascar. Rift Valley fever virus primarily affects livestock and can cause disease in a large number of domestic animals. Although the virus is usually transmitted by infected mosquitoes and possibly other biting insects that have virus contaminated mouthparts, Rift Valley Fever virus is occasionally transmitted to humans through contact with the blood, body fluids, or tissues of the infected animals.

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If you are not sure where the accommodation you are looking for is, and the names of the regions don't ring a bell, maybe our map of districts or our map of National Parks will help you locate the place you are looking for. Each area that you click on will lead you to all articles related to the selected region.

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Kenya Restaurant Guide http://bushdrums.com/index.php/receipes/item/3398-kenya-restaurant-guide http://bushdrums.com/index.php/receipes/item/3398-kenya-restaurant-guide
Kenyan Restaurant Guide

Bushdrums.com is momentarily striving to collect detailed information on Restaurants in East Africa. Please send any information, descriptions, reviews to info@bushdrums.com and we will add it to our list.

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National Parks in Kenya
Use our interactive map to discover hidden wildlife reserves or view the list of all National Parks/Reserves below the map!
Sibiloi National Park Saiwa Swamp National Reserve Mount Elgon National Park Lake Bogoria National Park Kakamega Forest National Reserve Losai National Reserve Shaba National Reserve Meru National Park Kora National Park Ruma National Park Mount Kenya National Park Lake Nakuru National Park Mwea National Reserve Aberdare National Park Masai Mara Nairobi National Park Central Island National Park South Island National Park Amboseli National Park Tsavo-East National Park Marsabit National Reserve Losai National Reserve Maralal National Park Tana River Primate National Reserve Tsavo-West National Park Taita Hills Shimba Hills National Park Kiunga Marine National Reserve Watamu Marine National Park Malindi Marine National Reserve Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve Kisite and Mpunguti Marine Parks ]]>
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Zanzibar Island - Tanzania

Bushdrums.com is momentarily striving to collect detailed information on the beautiful Island of Zanzibar with its oriental architecture and stunningly beautiful beaches as well as coral reefs and much, much more...

If you have information you believe we should publish, please verify if it matches our "Code of Ethics" first and then send your information to info@bushdrums.com.

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Zambia - The Land of the Legendary African Walking Safari,

world's biggest waterfall, the wild Zambezi River, breath-taking lakes and wetlands, a profusion of birds, abundant wildlife, and raw, pulsating wilderness, .......all in one friendly country.

Acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world to visit, Zambia's people live in peace and harmony.

The Wildlife is superb and some of the finest Safaris on offer are available from our fine lodges and safari companies. Blessed with 17 waterfalls including the spectacular Victoria Falls, Zambia offers holidays filled with adventure and scenic beauty.

A wide range of hi-action activities from the legendary Walking Safari deep in the wilderness. World class River Rafting, Bungi into the deep gorge below the Victoria Falls, Abseiling, Canoeing Safaris down the Zambezi, River Surfing, excellent Tiger Fishing and breath taking African sunsets.

Bushdrums.com is momentarily collecting various information on this unique country. If you have information you believe we should publish, please verify if it matches our "Code of Ethics" first and then send your information to info@bushdrums.com.

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Uganda is a country of amazing uniqueness. Animals such as the mountain Gorillas, Kobs, Columbus monkeys, Chimpanzees, Elephants, Hippos, Bucks, Antelopes and an incredible amount of bird species are some of the many. The Rwenzori mountains are not only intriguing, but offer a splendid challenge to the lovers of mountaineering. Uganda's evergreen lush, fauna and mountain ranges in the Western part of Uganda give the country unforgettable scenaries. Many who have experienced Uganda will always attest to what nature has done for this "Pearl of Africa".

Bushdrums.com is momentarily striving to collect detailed information on Uganda's beautiful sites.

If you have information you believe we should publish, please verify if it matches our "Code of Ethics" first and then send your information to info@bushdrums.com.

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Bushdrums.com is momentarily striving to collect detailed information on Tanzania's beautiful sites like the great ice-caped Equatorial Mountain Kilimanjaro, the Aarusha National Park offering everything one wants to see regarding volcanic features and lakes, the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks located south west of Arusha with its Black Rhinos and the Kori bustard, the Tanzania Great Rift Valley, the world famous Ngorongoro Crator and Conservation Area, the Serengeti Plains with over 3 million large animals involved in seasonal migration having the greatest concentration of wildlife worldwide, the beautiful Island of Zanzibar with its oriental architecture and stunningly beautiful beaches as well as coral reefs and much, much more...

If you have information you believe we should publish, please verify if it matches our "Code of Ethics" first and then send your information to info@bushdrums.com.

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Kenya Index
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South Africa Sports Index

If you have news you believe we should publish, please contact us.

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