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Yellow fever

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 05, 2008 at 12:13:06 :: Travel advices

Yellow fever (also called yellow jack, black vomit or sometimes American Plague) is a contagious disease. The disease is caused by the yellow fever virus from the bite of mosquitos. It is an important cause of hemorrhagic illness in many African and South American countries despite existence of an effective vaccine. The yellow refers to the jaundice symptoms that affect some patients.

View of Porlamar city, Margarita island (Isla Margarita)

The typical case is characterized by sudden onset, fever, chills, headache, generalized muscle pain, prostration, nausea and vomiting. Common hemorrhagic symptoms include nasal bleeding, hematemesis (coffee-ground or black vomit) and melena (black stool). Jaundice is moderate early in the course of the disease and is intensified later. There is no specific treatment for Yellow fever but an effective vaccine.

Vaccination is the important measure for prevention of Yellow fever. A single dose of vaccine provides protection for 10 years. It is highly recommended for travelers to high-risk areas to be vaccinated at least 10 days before entering to any infected area. Here below is a list of countries at risk with Yellow fever.


1. Angola: Republic of Angola
2. Benin: Republic of Benin
3. Bolivia: Republic of Bolivia
4. Brazil: Federative Republic of Brazil
5. Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso
6. Burundi: Republic of Burundi
7. Cameroon: Federal Republic of Cameroon
8. Central African Republic
9. Chad: Republic of Chad
10. Colombia: Republic of Colombia
11. Congo: Democratic Republic of the Congo
12. Congo Republic: Republic of the Congo
13. Ivory Coast: Republic of Cote d’Ivoire
14. Ecuador: Republic of Ecuador
15. Equatorial Guinea: Republic of Equatorial Guinea
16. Ethiopia: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
17. French Guiana
18. Gabon: Gabonese Republic
19. Gambia: Republic of the Gambia
20. Ghana: Republic of Ghana
21. Guinea-Bissau: Republic of Guinea Bissau
22. Guinea: Republic of Guinea
23. Guyana: Cooperative Republic of Guyana
24. Kenya: Republic of Kenya
25. Liberia: Republic of Liberia
26. Mali: Republic of Mali
27. Mauritania : Islamic Republic of Mauritania
28. Niger : Republic of Niger
29. Nigeria: Federal Republic of Nigeria
30. Panama: Republic of Panama
31. Peru: Republic of Peru
32. Rwanda: Republic of Rwanda
33. Sao Tome & Principe: Democratic Republic of Sao Tome & Principe
34. Senegal: Republic of Senegal
35. Sierra Leone : Republic of Sierra Leone
36. Somalia: Somali Democratic Republic
37. Sudan: Republic of the Sudan
38. Suriname: Republic of Suriname
39. Tanzania: United Republic of Tanzania
40. Togo: Republic of Togo
41. Trinidad and Tobago: Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
42. Uganda: Republic of Uganda
43. Venezuela: Republic of Venezuela
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Countries you should beware of or even avoid

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, March 09, 2008 at 09:27:19 :: Travel advices

After spending hours visiting Landolia, you feel in the mood for traveling around. That's cool. However there are some countries you should beware of, or even avoid.

Cerca de valle de los patos en la cordillera de los andes en San Juan  por donde cruzo San Martín con 4900 hombres

The Landolia team has browsed the web to find the best website that will help you to find out whether or not your selected destination is a wise choice:

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Travel Advice Notices seems to be the right place: the website features a "travel advice per country" section that gives you all details about the selected country, but it feature also a comprehensive list of countries where it is strongly recommended not to go, or at least only in some part of the country or only for essential travels.

The only 2 countries the FCO says noone should go, whatever the reason or the part, are Chad and Somalia. Both countries have a political and security situation that is uncertain, and could change rapidly. And in both countries, armed rebels are fighting with the government troops.

Then there are the countries for which some parts are strongly recommended to being avoid. This concerns
Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Burundi, Cameroon, Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs), Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Uganda.

Then there are the countries for which the FCO advises against all but essential travel: Burundi, Central African Republic, Comoros, East Timor (Democratic Republic of), Haiti, Ivory Coast, Lebanon and Liberia.

Last, there are the countries for which some parts should absolutely be avoided for all but essential travel:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Congo, Congo (Democratic Republic), Guinea, Guyana, India, Iraq, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs), Kenya, Libya, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Sudan, Thailand, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Yemen and Zambia.

Of course this information is valid as of today and the situation may evolve for better or for worse in each of these countries in the coming days/weeks/months.

Libyan Desert (Arabic: الصحراء الليبية). Flexible itineraries offer you to select the best adventures to suit your travel needs; Libya

2 other websites of interest for the same topic are the website of the US department of States and, for French speaking people, the website of the French "Ministere des Affaires Etrangeres".

And in the meantime, of course, most of these countries are already waiting for you... on Landolia!
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