Morocco Travel Health Insurance

Recommended Vaccinations:
There are yet no inoculations required from visitors, but you should be a ware of tetanus and polio as well as typhoid and Cholera should also be considered worthy by use of jabs against A hepatitis. Vaccinations against TP Hepatitis, Rabies and Diphtheria, are also considered when one is to stay for a long time especially those going to deal with animals in research and healthcare field.

Malaria:
There are some parts in Morocco, which are still affected by Malaria such as in Beni, Mellal, Khenifra and between Latache and Chaonen as well as in some provinces of Taza, which cases are reported in the months of May and October. However, the Moroccan Authority has continued to deny the existance of Malaria in the country as well as in Western Sahara.

The Authorities in Morocco have fought all cases of mosquito bites using DEET in dusk Repellents and use of Avon’s skin soft bath oil and citronella oil, which are effective, do not have nasty chemicals and very safe for children.
However, citronella oil is not effective through out the night.

Yellow Fever:
Yellow Fever mosquitoes are known to be in African and Middle East. However, morocco doesn’t vaccinate Yellow Fever. For the visitors, they have to consult their travel health clinics as you leave, so for the visitors coming from Yellow Fever endemic areas have to come with vaccination against yellow Fever documents before they enter.

To avoid difficulties in migration, visitors are recommended to carry anti Yellow Fever vaccination certificates if they have been from an infected country for the last few months of last 10 days.

Heat exhaustion:
This occurs due to excessive water loss and sweating and there is no replacement of the salts and fluids. Among the symptoms include; dizziness, tiredness and headache. The diseases can be cured by replacing the lost fluids by use of water, fluids, and cooling water and fans and the treatment for lost salt includes adding more salt in the food you eat, than usual.

Heat stroke:
This occurs when the heat regulating body mechanism breaks down. This is more serious than heat exhaustion. This occurs when the body temperatures are too high, which leads to irrational hyperactive behaviour, sweating, ceasing as well as loss of consciousness leading to death.
The treatment for this is rapid cooling and spraying with water or use of the fan.

Typhoid:
Visitors are advised to buy some Intetrix capsules if they have never had a typhoid jab. Intetrix capsules are very anti bacterial tables, which prevent typhoid and diarrhea as well, which can be found in any pharmacy in Morocco.

Altitude sickness:
This occurs when a person is over 2500m.

Altitude and lack of oxygen:
This is a more serious disease to the extent that the affected person may become mild or severe. At the first 24 hours on the Altitude, symptoms may occur, of Acute Mountain sickness (AMS). However, the mild symptoms may delay up to 3 weeks, which include; Headache, Lathougy, loss of appetite, sleeping difficulties and dizziness.
Among the severe symptoms include; unconsciousness, vomiting and lack of co-ordination.
AMS becomes more serious at altitudes of 3000m and 3500-4500, the most fatal altitude. To treat Mild symptoms, one has to stay at the same altitude until the patient recovers.
Other risks:
Most swimming pools are contaminated with Bilharzia Bacterias, so visitors should swim in chlorinated and maintained water pools. Visitors should also wear shoes t prevent soil parasites. A tiny Fluke worm which spends most of its time in water causes this germ that brings Bilharzia. The worm might cause some itchy rash and later may enter the skins and might take several months for the symptoms to appear such as blood in feaces or urine and abdominal pains.

To prevent Bilharzia, one has to use Iodine water tables, boiling drinking water or avoid drinking water from streams.

The recommended standard immunisations are for Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis and Dipheria. Others include Lassa Fever and Tungiasis, however, they area rare.
Other Hepatitis which occur include A and E.

For visitors bitten must seek doctors because Rabies is common for those at high risk so vaccinations should be under taken before arrival.

Milk:
Milk is provided in shops, both tinned and powdered milk. However, it should be boiled because its unpasteuralized. Visitors should avoid dairy products because sometimes they do not boil milk products.

Food and Drink:
Drinking water outside the city may be contaminated so boiled water is provided upon reaching, for the first few weeks.

Visitors are advised to eat hot cooked fish and meat. However, mayonnaise and salads may become more risky.

Health care centres:
Its necessary to have health insurance. All main cities provide good medical facilities and emergency pharmacies and they do not operate 24 hours, as well as government hospitals which provide free and sometimes for minimal treatment charges.

Pharmacies are also provided, which stock a variety of drugs and the pharmacists are well trained to monitor all sorts of complaints. So Morocco should not be the place where one can fall sick seriously since treatment is of high standard and can be provided both in local and urban towns.

Before embarking on your tour or visit to Morocco, contact your travel insurance agent for services or use the ones listed on this website.

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