2014 FIFA World Cup and Public Health Implications

This summer, Brazil is expected to attract an estimated 600,000 international tourists and three million domestic Public Healthtravelers during the World Cup from June 12, 2014 to July 13, 2014.  Because the World Cup is one of the largest international gatherings, it poses a higher risk for infectious disease outbreaks, a rapid spread around the world, and a challenge for health responses.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control published a Risk Assessment, which aims to assess the health risks related to infectious diseases and other various health threats for European citizens while in Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

This report concluded that although Brazil has succeeded at eliminating many infectious diseases, such as the measles and rubella, they could easily be imported back to Brazil by international visitors. Therefore, in order to avoid an epidemic outbreak, it is essential that all visitors are cautious and pay attention to their own hygienic measures.

In addition, FAM International Security is publishing weekly situation reports on what is occurring at the 2014 World Cup.  Once on their webpage, this can be found under recent reports.

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