Loosen your muscles and joints with these simple stretches. You can perform them in your seat, but make sure it is in the upright position. Remember to respect the personal space of fellow travellers.
EBOLA AND YELLOW FEVER TRAVEL ADVISORY 05 JULY 2016
On 29 March 2016 the WHO Director-General declared the end of Public Health Emergency of International Concern regarding the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa.
South African Department of Health has reported that the risk of Ebola virus disease transmission has greatly diminished therefore; travelers to/from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to/from South Africa do not require prior application and approval.
ANGOLA YELLOW FEVER OUTBREAK SITUATION UPDATE
A yellow fever outbreak was detected in Angola late in December 2015 where 2, 149 suspected and confirmed cases were reported including 277 deaths.
Emergency vaccination campaign in Luanda province started early February 2016. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the current yellow fever outbreak in Angola as grade 2 emergency.
Currently, Yellow fever cases have been exported from Angola to the following countries Mauritania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and China. South Africa is at risk of the disease being introduced since the mosquito vector exists in the country and Ports of entry receive frequent travelers arriving from Angola on a daily basis.
WHO recommends yellow fever vaccination for all travelers from 9 months old in areas where there is evidence of persistent yellow fever virus transmission.
NB: Proof of vaccination is required for travelers from Y/F risk or sometimes in transit in those countries with high risk. Brazilian Health Authority requires a valid proof of Yellow Fever vaccination for all travelers from Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.
NB: Passengers in transit for less than 12 hours in the airport with high risk of yellow fever transmission do not require vaccination.
South African ports of entry will have increased Yellow Fever surveillance activities for travelers arriving from countries affected by the outbreak to ensure prevention of importation of Yellow Fever.
SAA has co-operated with the South African Department of Health to produce this document. SAA's role is to distribute information to all its customers; however, SAA is in no way responsible for the Regulations. New amendments or regulations will be updated from time to time, however, SAA accept no liability for any inaccuracies in the content.
Malaria kills more than 1 million people each year, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. It causes symptoms that typically include fever and headache, which in severe cases can progress to coma or death. Symptoms may develop as soon as seven days after arrival in a malarial area or up to 9 months after leaving such an area. Symptoms may often be mild in the initial stages:
- Generalised body ache
It is advisable to start using prophylactic medicines before visiting a malarial area. Please consult your medical practitioner or nearest travel clinic about the type and use of these medications:
It is also advisable to consult your General Practitioners or nearest travel clinic.
The World Health Organization (WHO) requires commercial aircraft travelling to and from certain countries be treated to prevent the spread of infectious diseases carried by insects. As a result, the aircraft may be sprayed during portions of your itinerary.
Please visit this website for additional information.
- Feet: Circle your feet at the ankles - 20 times per foot.
- Legs: Starting with your feet on the floor, bring your legs slowly up towards your chest, as far as you can. Relax them slowly, and repeat three times.
- Knees: Press the knees and thighs together, and tighten buttock muscles. Hold to the count of 5, and repeat 5 times.
- Hands: Grip the edge of your armrest, and hold to a count of 5 then relax. Repeat 10 times.
- Arms: Starting with your arms outstretched, flex at the elbow, and bring them slowly into your chest. Extend them again, and repeat 5 times.
- Shoulders: Hunch up your shoulders, hold and slowly relax. Repeat 5 times.
- Neck: Move your head slowly towards your right shoulder and hold. Then towards your left shoulder and hold. Move your chin slowly down towards your chest - hold and relax. Repeat 3 times.
We recommend these exercise tips to help you to stay healthy whilst flying, particularly on longer trips.
The fifth meeting of the WHO Emergency Committee (EC) on Zika and microcephaly convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus was held by teleconference on 18 November 2016.
It is at this meeting that the Director-General declared the end of the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Long term measures will be put in place to ensure that the disease is controlled.