Dire conditions at US-Mexico border

Amid shifting US border policies there are several thousands of Central American migrants living in filthy overcrowded sports complexes near the US-Mexico border. There have been a number of respiratory illnesses, lice and varicella plaguing the complex in Tijuana Mexico. Many of the individuals are living in tents made of rubbish bags or on patches of cold floor walled off with backpacks. Infectious disease agents such as varicella transmit rapidly under these conditions. Read more

Advice for travellers

Chickenpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus. Mainly passed from person to person by coughing or sneezing, it causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever. While the illness is generally mild in children, it can be more severe in young babies, adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Read more about chickenpox.

Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.