C么te d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

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Travel health and safety for C么te d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 馃嚚馃嚠

C么te d'Ivoire, often referred to as the 'Jewel of West Africa', offers a unique blend of natural beauty, ancient traditions, and modern dynamism. It's a destination that promises something special for every traveler.

When in C么te d’Ivoire, a visit to the vibrant markets of Abidjan, such as Treichville Market or Cocody Market, is a must. Immerse yourself in the colorful stalls and experience the lively atmosphere of local commerce. Explore the stunning Assagny National Park, a sanctuary for diverse wildlife and a tranquil escape from the bustle of urban life. Take a safari and witness the natural beauty of this protected area.

The country is renowned for its production of cocoa beans, making it one of the world’s largest exporters. Consider taking a tour of a cocoa plantation to learn about the process and taste some of the finest chocolate.

Embark on a journey to C么te d’Ivoire, where the rhythm of life and the beauty of the land will leave you with memories to cherish.

Travel Immunizations for C么te d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

What vaccines do I need for C么te d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)? Get all the information and vaccinations you need to minimize travel health risks.

Hepatitis A virus can cause liver disease, and in rare cases, liver failure and death.

  • Can be spread by fecal-oral transmission, consuming contaminated food or water, or close, personal contact with an infected person.
  • Symptoms may range from mild to severe, including fatigue, jaundice, abdominal discomfort, vomiting, and joint pain.

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that targets the liver and may cause chronic infections.聽

  • Its primary mode of transmission is through direct blood-to-blood contact with an infected person. It can also be transmitted through unprotected sex or sharing needles.
  • Symptoms may range from mild to severe, including fatigue, jaundice, and abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting and joint pain.

Yellow Fever is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes in certain regions of Africa and South America.

  • Mild cases: Fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting
  • Severe cases: High fever, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), bleeding, organ failure, and, in some cases, death.
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for travelers from all countries.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

  • Spreads through respiratory droplets and direct contact with infected individuals.
  • Symptoms initially resemble a common cold, followed by a characteristic rash fever, cough, runny nose, small, white spots inside the mouth and throat red eyes, sleepiness, and irritability.

C么te d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is in the African Meningitis Belt, an area where there are many cases of meningococcal disease. Travelers who may be at high risk should consider getting vaccinated.

  • It is spread through respiratory secretions and require close contact for transmission
  • Traveler’s with increased risk include those with prolonged, close contact with local population, those attending mass gatherings, long stay travelers.
  • Meningitis risk is mainly during the dry season.
  • Symptoms take an average of four days to appear. In some cases, symptoms may appear between two and ten days after infection.
  • They usually include high fever, headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting and drowsiness. Other symptoms may include sensitivity to light (photophobia), confusion and a purplish skin rash.
  • Complications can include deafness, brain damage, seizures and may lead to death.

Rabies is a viral infection transmitted through animal bites.

  • Symptoms may initially include fever, headache, and discomfort at the bite site, progressing to more severe neurological symptoms. Rabies is fatal if it is not treated before symptoms develop.
  • Rabies treatment may be limited or may not be available, therefore you may need to return to Canada for treatment.

Polio is a highly infectious vaccine-preventable disease.

  • Polio can infect the central nervous system and damage nerve cells that activate muscles.
  • Spread from person to person and through contaminated food and water.
  • Polio virus can cause paralysis and death in individuals of any age who are not immune.

Cholera is a serious intestinal infection caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacteria.

  • Found in infected water or food contaminated with the bacteria.
  • Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, leg cramps, watery diarrhea.
  • Strongly consider getting vaccinated against cholera.

Typhoid is a bacterial infection typically transmitted through contaminated food and water.

  • Consider getting vaccinated against typhoid.
  • Symptoms of typhoid fever include a high fever, headache, weakness, fatigue, stomach pain, constipation or diarrhea, loss of appetite, and a rose-colored rash on the chest and abdomen.

We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the provided information, however, it is not feasible for us to update daily. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our Travel Medicine Professionals for current, personalized advice and answers to any questions you may have.

Health Canada strongly advises travelers ensure their routine vaccinations are up to date, including:

Chickenpox (Varicella)

Guards against the varicella-zoster virus, responsible for chickenpox.

Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (DTaP)

Protects against three different bacterial infections.

Flu (Influenza)

Vaccination against seasonal influenza strains is essential.

Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

Provides immunity against all three diseases in one shot.

Polio

Essential for guarding against the poliovirus.

Shingles

Offers protection against a viral infection that causes painful rashes.

COVID-19

The ongoing pandemic necessitates adherence to vaccination guidelines and preventive measures.

C么te d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Concerns / Health Canada Recommendations

Most common illness for travelers, from consuming contaminated food & water

  • Affects up to 70% of travelers and risks minimized with good hygiene and safe food/drink choices (eg. avoid raw foods, ice in drinks).
  • Symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fever, bloating.

Malaria is a serious and occasionally fatal disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

  • Symptoms may include fever, chills, headache, similar to the flu. Without treatment, malaria can cause severe illness and death.
  • Malaria can be treated with anti-malarial medications.
  • Use insect repellents containing DEET, wear long sleeves, long pants, and consider staying in accommodations with screens or bed nets.

Schistosomiasis

Parasitic disease that can spread to humans through freshwater sources contaminated by blood flukes (tiny worms).

  • Symptoms include itchy rash at site of penetration, fever, cough, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
  • Avoid swimming in freshwater sources (lakes, rivers, ponds).

Insect Bite Prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, or flies. Cover up and use insect repellents to protect against infection.

  • African trypanosomiasis: Symptoms include fever, headache, rash, joint pain, fatigue, and itch. Once infection has invaded central nervous system can cause neurologic problems and personality changes.
  • Chikungunya: Symptoms include joint pains, fever, rash, and headache.
  • Dengue: Symptoms include high-grade fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pain, rash, and nausea/vomiting.
  • Lymphatic filariasis: can develop into chronic conditions leading to lymphoedema (tissue swelling) or elephantiasis (skin/tissue thickening) of limbs and hydrocele (scrotal swelling). Additional symptom includes nodules that form under the skin around adult worms.

Mpox (monkeypox)

Monkeypox is a risk in C么te d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). It is a viral disease that can cause serious illness in some circumstances. Risk is generally low for most travelers.

  • Mpox is typically spread by close contact with an infected person, or by droplet, or indirectly by contact with contaminated personal items (i.e towel, bedding, etc)
  • Symptoms include rash, fever, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, back pain, low energy, swollen lymph nodes.
  • Follow recommended public health measures and avoid contact with animals such as rodents and primates to help prevent getting or spreading the infection.
  • Be sure to practice safe sex and wash your hands if caring for or visiting ill people in endemic areas.

Lassa fever

Lassa fever is caused by a virus carried by wild multimammate rats.

  • Humans get sick when they inhale or come into close contact with feces, saliva, or urine of infected rodents or the blood or bodily fluids of infected humans.
  • The most common complication of Lassa Fever is deafness
  • Mild symptoms include slight fever, general malaise and weakness, and headache.
  • More serious symptoms include hearing loss, tremors, encephalitis, hemorrhaging, respiratory distress, vomiting, facial swelling, chest, back, and abdominal pain, and shock.

Over the Counter Medications for Travel to C么te d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Pain Relief

Medications such as acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g., Advil) can be helpful for managing headaches, muscle pain, or fever.聽

Anti-Diarrheal Medications

It’s advisable to carry over-the-counter anti-diarrheal medications like loperamide (e.g., Imodium) to treat mild cases of traveler’s diarrhea. However, it’s important to stay hydrated and seek medical attention if diarrhea persists or worsens.聽

Antacids

Antacids like Tums or Pepto-Bismol can provide relief from indigestion or heartburn, which can sometimes occur when trying new foods or experiencing changes in diet during travel.聽

Allergy Medications

If you have known allergies, carrying antihistamines like cetirizine(e.g., Reactine) or diphenhydramine (e.g., Benadryl) can help manage allergic reactions to environmental allergens or insect bites.聽

Motion Sickness Medications

If you are prone to motion sickness, consider carrying medication like dimenhydrinate (e.g., Gravol) to alleviate symptoms during long journeys or when traveling by car, train, or boat.

Sun Protection

It is essential to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF, wear hats, sunglasses, and lightweight, breathable clothing.聽

Medical Services and Facilities in C么te d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Appropriate health facilities and medical supplies are found in Abidjan, but they may be expensive. Before commencing treatment, public and private medical facilities generally require an up-front deposit, a guarantee of payment or confirmation that the traveller has medical insurance.
  • There are few medical facilities outside of Abidjan. Air evacuation is sometimes the only option in the event of a medical emergency in remote areas.

Consular Assistance in C么te d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Street Address: 23 Nogu猫s Avenue, Trade Centre Building, 6th and 7th floors, Plateau, Abidjan, C么te d’Ivoire

Telephone: (225) 27 20 30 07 00

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://www.Canada.ca/Canada-And-Cote-Ivoire

We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the provided information, however, it is not feasible for us to update daily. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our Travel Medicine Professionals for current, personalized advice and answers to any questions you may have.

Emergency Services

In case of emergency:

  • police: 170 / 110 / 111
  • medical assistance: 185
  • firefighters: 180

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