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TRAVELERS WARNING: CDC Warns Visitors to USVI to Get Hepatitis A and Typhoid Shots

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ATLANTA – The Centers for Disease Control are warning all travelers to the U.S. Virgin Islands to be immunized for Hepatitis A and typhoid prior to visiting the territory due to dangers from contaminated food or water.

“CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get Hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in the U.S. Virgin Islands, regardless of where you are eating or staying,” the CDC wrote on its website.

Adventurous eaters such as Andrew Zimmern of the Travel Channel’s show “Bizarre Foods” apparently should have gotten a typhoid shot prior to coming to St. Croix in 2013.

“You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” the CDC warns “most” travelers here. “CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas or if you are an adventurous eater.”

The CDC is also warning “some travelers” to the U.S. Virgin Islands who plan on “getting ink,” having surgery done or having sex with someone different to get immunized for Hepatitis B.

“You can get Hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles and blood products, so CDC recommends this vaccine if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing or have any medical procedures.”

The CDC also warned people who plan to do adventure travel that involves caving to be aware that bats here carry the rabies virus.

“Rabies is present in bats in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” the CDC writes. “However, it is not a major risk to most travelers. CDC recommends rabies vaccine” for people at risk of bat bites.

The CDC said that people who will be working with and around bats, such as wildlife professionals and researchers should get a rabies vaccine prior to coming to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information please click on the following link:

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/usvirgin-islands

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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