Health Alert – United States Embassy, La Paz, November 22, 2019

Health Alert

Location: La Paz

Event: The La Paz Health Department has reported a small meningococcal meningitis outbreak (7 cases) in La Paz.  The notice does not mention which neighborhoods are affected.  Common symptoms of meningococcal meningitis include sudden fever, headache, and stiff neck. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light, and confusion. Meningococcal bacteria can also infect the blood which can lead to tiredness, vomiting, cold hands and feet, chills, severe aches and pain, fast breathing, diarrhea, and a dark purple rash.   Because of the small number of cases, the health department is not recommending vaccination for the general public at this time.

Actions to take:

  • If you experience symptoms of meningococcal meningitis, visit a medical professional.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, clean your hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy La Paz, Bolivia
+(591) (2) 216-8000
+(591) (2) 216-8500 (after hours)
BoliviaEmergencyUSC@state.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs
+1 (888) 407-4747 or +1 (202) 501-4444

Bolivia Country Information

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