There are a variety of health risks prevalent in Ivory Coast,
and a yellow fever vaccination is required for entry. Immigration
officials will check this at the airport. Cholera is present in
rural areas, and malaria is widespread even in urban areas. Typhoid
and Hepatitis A vaccinations are also recommended. Meningococcal
vaccine is recommended for travel between November and June.
HIV/AIDS is widespread and Dengue Fever can occur, so make sure you
pack an effective mosquito repellant. Cases of bird flu have been
confirmed in Abidjan, but no human infections have been reported.
There is low risk to travellers, but as a precaution close contact
with live birds should be avoided and all poultry and egg dishes
should be well cooked. All water should be sterilised before use,
and milk, which is unpasteurised, should be boiled. Avoid dairy
products and ensure meat is well cooked and eaten hot. Fruit and
vegetables should be cooked and/or peeled before consumption.
Medical treatment in Abidjan is of reasonable standard, but private
care is expensive, and facilities outside the major towns are very
limited. Medical insurance with provision for repatriation is