What are the health risks in Morocco?
Here is some information on the key risks and dietary precautions to take when visiting or living in Morocco.
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Major health risks in Morocco
Morocco is not a country with serious health hazards but you should remain vigilant on some points:
Insects can carry diseases:
- Leishmaniasis is present in the country. This disease is characterized by irregular bouts of fever and poor appetite accompanied by weight loss. Oral and injected anti-parasitic treatment lasting several weeks is prescribed.
- Flies can cause myiasis, (little worms which penetrate the skin). There is no danger from these larvae which eventually leave the body of their own accord.
The sometimes poor hygiene in Morocco can cause:
- “Turista” or traveller’s diarrhoea, which is unpleasant but not serious. It is caused by consuming water or fruit and vegetables containing bacteria which is unfamiliar to the body and which causes abdominal pain and transient diarrhoea.
- Drinking water and fruit and vegetables may also be responsible for the transmission of hepatitis A and E, typhoid fever, brucellosis (dairy products) and intestinal parasites.
- Leptospirosis, caused by a bacterium, is spread through contact with environments contaminated by infected animals. You should therefore be careful when bathing in fresh water.
Other infectious diseases have been identified in the country:
- Rabies is present in some areas of the country. Vaccination is recommended for extended stays or when visiting remote areas.
- The sirocco can cause meningococcal meningitis. It is advisable to vaccinate children and young adults.
- Measles is present: remember to get a booster shot.
- STDs and AIDS: safe sex should be practised by using condoms, while needles and other medical equipment should be sterile.
Food risks in Morocco
Morocco is the safest country in Africa in terms of health.
However, you should be careful what you eat and drink (beware of ice), especially in remote areas.
It is better to drink bottled water and be careful when you eat fruit and vegetables which have been washed in water.
Vaccinations required Morocco
What vaccinations are required before traveling to Morocco?
These are the recommended vaccinations for travel to Morocco.
Protection against disease
There are no vaccinations needed in addition to those required in France.
Date of publication Jun 8 2012