Thursday, 31 March 2016

More ZIKV resources

More good Zika resources have been published this month.  There is now a very helpful algorithm to help advise pregnant women, those planning pregnancy and their partners.  I think it would be really helpful to print off the poster below so you have it to hand in your travel consultation.  Click on the image.  There's also some great information on the risk assessment page see here.

NaTHNaC are now also using maps courtesy of the Travelers’ Health Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a number of countries with active ZIKV transmission to show areas above 2,000m - see here. I've put an example for Mexico below taken from the 'other risks' page for this country on TravelHealthPro - see here

Ten Years Strong and Looking to the Future

Not quite sure where March went to but I've been very busy indeed working on Faculty of Travel Medicine activities.  Just published the programme for the Annual Symposium, entitled 'Ten Years Strong and Looking to the Future' being held on 6th October 2016 in Glasgow.  The FTM is 10 years old this year and in addition to the conference there will be a dinner the night before.  The programme itself is interesting and one new feature will present two Cameron Lockie Prize winners talking about the projects they undertook for their Diploma in Travel Medicine.  Cameron Lockie was a GP with a strong interest in Travel Medicine and he was largely responsible for the beginning of Travel Medicine education when he took his ideas to Scotland - the rest is history.  I feel I have a lot to be grateful to him for, and he was also my supervisor on the very first Diploma course then the Masters part of my education as well.  Today, the 'top' student of the class is awarded the Cameron Lockie Prize.

To visit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons website for more details click here and to view the programme click here or on the image below