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Risk / Health Info for Montserrat

Make sure your shots are up to date before you visit Montserrat. Consider getting vaccinated against hepatitis A and B and typhoid. Avoid mosquito bites because Zika, chikungunya and dengue fever are present on. Because the Soufrière Hills volcano produces dust and ash, people with respiratory conditions should be careful. Take safe food and water precautions: stick to food you can peel, cook or boil.

Chikungunya virus in Montserrat
Cases of Chikungunya virus have been reported in Montserrat. It is spread by day-biting mosquitoes and you can guard against infection by covering up and using mosquito repellents. Infection results in joint pains, fever, rash and headache. It clears up after a few days, but some patients are left with swollen and painful joints for weeks or even years afterwards.
Dengue fever in Montserrat
There have been cases of the mosquito-borne virus dengue fever in Montserrat. Dengue fever is also known as breakbone fever because of the severe bone, joint and muscular pains it causes, in addition to flu-like fever and headache. There is no vaccine for dengue fever. Avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellents (50% DEET) and by wearing protective clothing. Sleeping with mosquito nets is also recommended.
Schistosomiasis in Montserrat
The schistosomiasis parasite enters humans through the skin during contact with fresh water. To prevent infection, avoid swimming or paddling in lakes and streams in Montserrat. This condition is also known as bilharzia.
Zika in Montserrat
Global Affairs Canada has issued a warning about the risk of contracting Zika in Montserrat. Zika is a viral disease spread by mosquitoes, and infection during pregnancy has been linked to birth defects. Women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant should take advice before travelling to Montserrat. Zika symptoms include rash, itch, mild fever, headache, red eyes, muscle and joint pains. Avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellents (50% DEET) and by wearing protective clothing. Mosquito nets and air conditioning should be used when sleeping.

Recommended Vaccines for Montserrat

Vaccine NameCourse
Hepatitis A2 Doses
Hepatitis A and B combined (adult)3 Doses
Hepatitis A and B combined (paediatric)2 Doses
Hepatitis A and typhoid (combined)1 Dose
Hepatitis A (paediatric)1 Dose
Hepatitis B3 Doses
Typhoid1 Dose
Typhoid (oral)1 Dose
This is a general list of travel vaccinations and immunisations for Montserrat. Specific vaccines can only be determined after appointment with our travel nurse.

About Montserrat

Montserrat is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean. Because of volcanic activity that started in 1995, two thirds of the island has become uninhabitable.

top Tips for travelling to Montserrat

A trip to the Montserrat Volcano Observatory is a must to learn more about the volcano that rendered the south of the island, including the one-time capital city, uninhabited. You can also take a boat tour of the Exclusion Zone view the off-limits area.