Morocco is one of Northern Africa’s most popular destinations to travel. Despite a shorter flight time than some European destinations, travel to this country poses some unique health risks. Whether you are visiting the souks of Marrakesh, surfing the coast of Agadir, trekking the infamous Mount Toubkal or seeing the sand dunes of the Sahara, ensure you have received travel advice before you go.
Here are our top tips for visiting Morocco:-
Vaccinations that are highly recommended for all travellers to Morocco include:-
Diphtheria/ Tetanus/ Polio
Other vaccinations that can be considered for travellers heading to Morocco are Hepatitis B and Rabies.
Rabies is high risk in Morocco. It is a virus that is transmitted by the bite, scratch or lick of an animal on broken skin. Animals such as bats, dogs and cats are known culprits for spreading the virus, and those who plan to travel to more remote regions such as the Atlas Mountains are particularly vulnerable. The virus is found in the saliva of mammals and once it enters the body and the nervous system, it is fatal. The rabies vaccine is strongly recommended for travellers to Morocco – if you are not vaccinated against rabies and are exposed to it, you may face problems, as treatment against rabies difficult to obtain in Morocco for those who have not been immunised before travel
Many travellers visit Morocco to climb the icon Mount Toubkal – which rises 4167m above sea level. Traveller’s attempting to summit, or even trekking the high Atlas mountains should be aware of altitude sickness, which can be life-threatening. Medication, such as Diamox (acetazolamide) is available to help reduce this risk, Why not use our Altitude Calculator to check the altitude at your destination, and to prepare an altitude profile of your trip, to help assess whether your pace of ascent puts you at risk? Bring it along when you come and see us!
Strict precautions should be taken to prevent food and water-borne illnesses. In addition to vaccinations, travellers should pay close attention to what they eat and drink. Tap water should be avoided, and bottled water with a seal intact should be bought. Ice in drinks should be avoided since it is likely that it will have been made with tap water. For those who are trekking and going off the beaten track – water purification tablets or a bottle with a filter should be taken as many remote areas do not have access to safe food and water. Food should be well cooked and served to order.
Occasionally, Morocco can have outbreaks of leishmaniasis (spread by the sandfly) and dengue fever (spread by the Aedes mosquito). Strict precautions against insect bites should be sought in Morocco to prevent these diseases.
Fleet Street Travel Clinic has looked after travellers for over 20 years and the official medical advisors to ATTA (African Travel & Tourism Association).
Benefit from our expertise and passion for travel – a visit to Fleet Street Clinic will be an invaluable step towards a healthy and happy trip.
Travel Health appointments are with a specialist doctor or travel nurse for 30 minutes.
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