Travel Health Information for UN Personnel

Information on Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (as of 22 January 2020)

On 31 December 2019, a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause was detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China.  A novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified as the causative virus by Chinese authorities on 7 January 2020. The novel virus has since been identified in China’s cities outside of Wuhan, as well as other countries outside of China. The source of the outbreak is still under investigation. Additional research is needed still to determine how patients were infected, extend of human-to-human transmission, the clinical spectrum of disease, and the geographic range of infection.

For more details of the outbreak globally, and case counts, please visit:

Coronaviruses are a large family of respiratory viruses with some causing less-severe disease, such as the common cold, and others more severe disease such as Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Some transmit easily from person to person, while others do not.

The UN Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health (DHMOSH) recommends that all UN personnel and UN health care workers, take key preventive measures listed on this page.

Please note that the WHO advises against the application of any travel or trade restrictions on countries with nCoV based on the information currently available.

The latest information from WHO can be found at https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

For questions, please contact dos-dhmosh-public-health@un.org. This page will be updated as more information is received. 

 

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo

An outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been recently declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The epicenter of this outbreak is in the north-east part of the country, in the North Kivu province. This is the 10th outbreak in the country, the last one occurring in May 2018. For the latest situation update, please see the WHO Ebola webpage

Based on currently available information, the WHO currently does not recommend any restriction of travel and trade to the DRC. For additional information and prevention tips from the UN Medical Services Division on Ebola, please visit the dedicated Ebola webpage.
 

Vaccination and Malaria Prophylaxis Recommendations
The UN Medical Directors have developed an overarching Vaccination and Malaria Prophylaxis Recommendations (English / French) for all UN personnel travelling on official business. Please be sure to consult this document in preparation regarding your health needs for your upcoming travel. 

Please note that these recommendations should be applied according to factors such as an individual's vaccination history, health status, destination(s), trip itinerary, type of travel, length of stay, etc.

Specific Disease Recommendations for UN Personnel
From time to time, when a specific disease outbreak situation warrants further attention, the UN Medical Directors also issue specific risk mitigation recommendations to UN personnel. 

These are listed below for your reference. If applicable to you, please follow these recommendations accordingly:


General Travel Health Resources

Travel-Related Resources from the World Health Organization (WHO)
World Health Organization: Disease Outbreak News (DONs): This website describes all recent disease outbreaks and provides WHO recommendations for prevention and control for each outbreak listed.

World Health Organization: International Travel and Health: This website is the WHO's international travel and helath page and contains the latest updates for travellers.

World Health Organization: Vaccination Requirements and Recommendations for Yellow fever and Malaria (15 November 2018): This website/document provides all UN personnel with the latest WHO recommendations and country requirements to travellers regarding the need for yellow fever vaccination and malaria prevention.

Please note that country requirements for vaccinations are subject to change at any time. It is important for travellers to ensure that they know the requirements of the country to which they are travelling by checking with the relevant consulate or embassy.

 

Travel Information from Selected Governments
USA: Travelers' Health from the Centers for Disease Control
USA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Travel Health Notices
Canada: Public Health Agency of Canada: Travel Health Notices
UK: Travel Health Pro
Australia: Smart Traveller

 

Travel Information from Selected Organizations
International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers