Myanmar Travel Health Advice
Malaria and dengue fever are common in Myanmar, especially during the rainy season (May to October) and visitors are usually encouraged to take anti-malaria medication, although there is little danger if you are only visiting the cities of Yangon and Mandalay. Cyclone Nargis, which hit in May 2008, has increased the risk of cholera so visitors should drink only boiled or bottled water and avoid ice drinks. A few cases of avian influenza (bird flu) have been reported, and although there is little risk for travellers, contact with live poultry should be avoided. Travellers from yellow fever infected areas require a vaccination certificate to enter Myanmar. Other vaccinations which may be recommended to you, and which you should be up to date on for most travel, include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and tetanus-diphtheria. If you will be spending a lot of time outdoors in rural areas you should also consider getting vaccinated for rabies and Japanese encephalitis. MSG (monosodiumglutomate) is added liberally to many dishes and travellers sensitive to this ingredient should specify "no Ajinomoto" when ordering.
There are basic medical facilities in Rangoon and Mandalay, but for serious medical cases, evacuation is recommended. Payment in cash is usually required before any treatment. Comprehensive medical insurance is advised.
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