Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) warned residents planning to travel to countries with active transmission of the Zika virus should continue to take precautions despite the declining rate of the disease internationally, compared to the same period of last year.

Medical Director of HMC’s Communicable Disease Center (CDC), Dr Muna al-Maslamani, recommended visiting a travel clinic and meeting with a travel medicine expert at least four weeks prior to travel. She said this is especially important for individuals with pre-existing health conditions, in particular, chronic diseases.

Opened in 2017, the CDC’s Travel Clinic provides travelers with counseling, vaccinations, and other preventative measures before they travel. It also provides assessment and medical care for travelers returning with travel-related infections. To book an appointment for a travel assessment, the Travel Clinic can be contacted on 40254003.

Source: Government of Qatar