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Health for the Hajj

13 July 2016

Each year the Hajj pilgrimage takes place in Saudi Arabia when more than 3 million Muslims from over 183 countries converge on the city of Mecca.

Cheap fares help fuel Asia’s dengue

6 July 2016

Booming low-cost air travel is helping to fuel outbreaks of dengue fever across Southeast Asian countries, according to an expert in the mosquito-borne disease.

Snow-bound? Pack these healthy tips

29 June 2016

Snow is falling along with the mercury as winter bites in the southern states of eastern Australia.
If you are heading for the snowfields, we’ve got some advice to keep you healthy and safe on the slopes.

DFAT upgrades Zika advice for Indonesia

22 June 2016

The Australian government is advising pregnant women to consider postponing travel to Indonesia due to the potentially harmful impact of the Zika virus on their babies.

Lunar Love's Lasting Legacy

15 June 2016

Take condoms with you, and use them.

Insect repellent. Forget flashy gimmicks

8 June 2016

Whether you’re heading to Brazil for the Games in August or just taking a short winter break in Fiji, the last thing you’ll want to bring home is dengue, chikungunya or Zika.

Leishmaniasis: Travelling on the wings of war

1 June 2016

An insect-borne disease that can cause permanent scarring is nearing epidemic levels in parts of the Middle East and East Africa, posing a risk to Australian travellers visiting the regions.

Vaccines: Young or old, home or away

18 May 2016

While more than half of Australians in the travel-loving 65-plus age bracket are at risk of pneumococcal pneumonia, only 1-in-5 is vaccinated against the potentially fatal disease, a national survey has found.

Chikungunya Vaccine: The Bottom Line

2 May 2016

The announcement of successful human trials of a vaccine against the Chikungunya virus is good news for travellers and those who live with the risk of the mosquito-borne virus across the tropical world.