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Published On: Fri, Jun 13th, 2014

CDC issues travel notice for the island of Corsica due to schistosomiasis

In a follow-up to a report last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued a travel notice for the island of Corsica (France) after reports of a cluster of schistosomiasis cases.

France map, Corsica in lower right hand corner/CIA

France map, Corsica in lower right hand corner/CIA

According to the European Centre for Disease Control , 6 people were infected with schistosomiasis on the island of Corsica (France). All of the travelers were exposed to the freshwater in the Cavu River and had not traveled to other areas where schistosomiasis is known to occur.

CDC recommends that travelers to the island of Corsica avoid exposure to freshwater to prevent schistosomiasis. What is schistosomiasis? The CDC calls this notice Alert Level 2, where travelers are advised to follow enhanced precautions for this destination.

There is no vaccine or medicine to prevent schistosomiasis. If you are in an area where schistosomiasis occurs, you should avoid having your skin exposed to freshwater sources, such as lakes, rivers, ponds, and wetlands.

The federal health agency offers the following advice to travelers to areas where schistosomiasis occurs:

  • Avoid wading, swimming or bathing in freshwater in countries where schistosomiasis occurs.
    • Swimming in the ocean or in well-chlorinated pools is safe.
  • If you have to use freshwater, such as lake or river water, for bathing, treat the water in one of 3 ways to avoid infection:
  • Filter water with fine mesh filters (pore size of 30 μm or smaller) to remove the parasite.
  • Heat bathing water to 122˚F for 5 minutes to kill the parasite.
  • Keep water in a storage tank for at least 24 hours before use to kill the parasite.

If you feel sick and think you may have schistosomiasis:

  • Talk to your doctor or nurse if you feel seriously ill, especially if you have a fever.
    • Tell them about your travel. Describe in detail where and for how long you traveled, and explain that you may have been exposed to contaminated water. Ask if you need to be tested for schistosomiasis.

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  1. Cdc Issues Travel Notice For The Island Of Corsica Due To Schistosomiasis – The Global Dispatch | Aconihiheb says:

    […] All of the travelers were exposed to the freshwater in the Cavu River and had not traveled to other areas where schistosomiasis is known to occur. CDC recommends that travelers to the island of Corsica avoid exposure to freshwater to prevent schistosomiasis. What is schistosomiasis? The CDCcalls this notice Alert Level 2, where travelers are advised to followenhancedprecautions for this destination. There is no vaccine or medicine to prevent schistosomiasis. If you are in an area where schistosomiasis occurs, you should avoid having your skin exposed to freshwater sources, such as lakes, rivers, ponds, and wetlands. The federal health agency offers the following advice to travelers to areas where schistosomiasis occurs: Avoid wading, swimming or bathing in freshwater in countries where schistosomiasis occurs. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/cdc-issues-travel-notice-for-the-island-of-corsica-due-to-schistoso… […]

  2. Cdc Issues Travel Notice For The Island Of Corsica Due To Schistosomiasis – The Global Dispatch | Aconihiheb says:

    […] All of the travelers were exposed to the freshwater in the Cavu River and had not traveled to other areas where schistosomiasis is known to occur. CDC recommends that travelers to the island of Corsica avoid exposure to freshwater to prevent schistosomiasis. What is schistosomiasis? The CDCcalls this notice Alert Level 2, where travelers are advised to followenhancedprecautions for this destination. There is no vaccine or medicine to prevent schistosomiasis. If you are in an area where schistosomiasis occurs, you should avoid having your skin exposed to freshwater sources, such as lakes, rivers, ponds, and wetlands. The federal health agency offers the following advice to travelers to areas where schistosomiasis occurs: Avoid wading, swimming or bathing in freshwater in countries where schistosomiasis occurs. Swimming in the ocean or in well-chlorinated pools is safe. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/cdc-issues-travel-notice-for-the-island-of-corsica-due-to-schistoso… […]

  3. Cdc Issues Travel Notice For The Island Of Corsica Due To Schistosomiasis – The Global Dispatch | Aconihiheb says:

    […] Swimming in the ocean or in well-chlorinated pools is safe. If you have to use freshwater, such as lake or river water, for bathing, treat the water in one of 3 ways to avoid infection: Filter water with fine mesh filters (pore size of 30 m or smaller) to remove the parasite. Heat bathing water to 122F for 5 minutes to kill the parasite. Keep water in a storage tank for at least 24 hours before use to kill the parasite. If you feel sick and think you may have schistosomiasis: Talk to your doctor or nurse if you feel seriously ill, especially if you have a fever. Tell them about your travel. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/cdc-issues-travel-notice-for-the-island-of-corsica-due-to-schistoso… […]

  4. Cdc Issues Travel Notice For The Island Of Corsica Due To Schistosomiasis – The Global Dispatch | Aconihiheb says:

    […] CDC recommends that travelers to the island of Corsica avoid exposure to freshwater to prevent schistosomiasis. What is schistosomiasis? The CDCcalls this notice Alert Level 2, where travelers are advised to followenhancedprecautions for this destination. There is no vaccine or medicine to prevent schistosomiasis. If you are in an area where schistosomiasis occurs, you should avoid having your skin exposed to freshwater sources, such as lakes, rivers, ponds, and wetlands. The federal health agency offers the following advice to travelers to areas where schistosomiasis occurs: Avoid wading, swimming or bathing in freshwater in countries where schistosomiasis occurs. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/cdc-issues-travel-notice-for-the-island-of-corsica-due-to-schistoso… […]

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