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NEW UPDATE TO DONOR SCREENING GEO GUIDE

May 19, 2023

The CDC published the 2024 edition of the Yellow Book online, with notable differences in the malaria information for Guatemala and Vietnam from the printed 2024 Yellow Book. An inquiry was submitted to the CDC Malaria Hotline to ask which information was correct. The CDC’s response was to “… use the online recommendations as the most up to date.” Accordingly, an update to the Donor Screening GEO Guide has been issued based on the revised malaria information for Guatemala and Vietnam in the online version of the 2024 Yellow Book, located on the CDC’s website.

UPDATE TO DONOR SCREENING GEO GUIDE: COSTA RICA

April 26, 2023

An update to the Donor Screening GEO Guide has been issued in response to the revised malaria information published in the online edition of the 2020 Yellow Book on the CDC's website for Costa Rica.

Although the 2024 Yellow Book was published on April 4, 2023, as of April 23, 2023 the Yellow Book edition on the CDC’s website is still the 2020 Yellow Book. This has created a situation where the CDC’s most current malaria information is located in different editions of the Yellow Book. For all countries except Costa Rica, the CDC’s most current malaria information is in the print version of the 2024 Yellow Book. For Costa Rica, the CDC’s most current malaria information is in the online version of the 2020 Yellow Book, located on the CDC’s website.

 

This update includes:

 

  • ​Revision of the list of Malaria-Endemic Tourist Ports of Call Worldwide for ports in Costa Rica.

  • Revision of the malaria map of Costa Rica.

  • Revision of Malaria Technical Notes and malaria map overlay for Costa Rica (Reference Editions only).

  • Updated Malaria Document Change History.

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CDC ISSUES LEVEL 2 TRAVEL NOTICE FOR MALARIA IN COSTA RICA

April 17, 2023

The CDC issued a Level 2 Travel Notice for Costa Rica on April 17, 2023, describing a current outbreak of malaria in the province of Limón. The online version of the 2020 Yellow Book was also revised to indicate that malaria transmission was present in Alajuela and Limón and chemoprophylaxis is recommended for travel to these provinces.

Although the 2024 Yellow Book was published on April 4, 2023, as of April 23, 2023 the Yellow Book edition on the CDC’s website is still the 2020 Yellow Book. This has created a situation where the CDC’s most current malaria information is located in different editions of the Yellow Book. For all countries except Costa Rica, the CDC’s most current malaria information is in the print version of the 2024 Yellow Book. For Costa Rica, the CDC’s most current malaria information is in the online version of the 2020 Yellow Book, located on the CDC’s website.

DONOR SCREENING GEO GUIDE 2024 YELLOW BOOK UPDATE

April 14, 2023

An update to the Donor Screening GEO Guide has been issued in response to the revised malaria information published in the 2024 edition of the CDC Yellow Book on April 4, 2023. This update also includes updated malaria maps for several countries based on routine review of relevant information such as location, population, elevation, and/or resort information.

 

Highlights of this update include:

 

  • ​Revision of the list of Malaria-Endemic Tourist Ports of Call Worldwide for ports in Brazil and Vietnam.

  • Revision of malaria maps of Brazil, Eswatini, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Mexico: Chihuahua, Panama, Vietnam, Vietnam: Mekong Delta, and Vietnam: Red River Delta.

  • Revision of Malaria Technical Notes and malaria map overlays for Brazil, Eswatini, Guatemala, India, Panama, and Vietnam (Reference Editions only)

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2023 UPDATE SUBSCRIPTION PRICING RELEASED

February 9, 2023

Donor Screening GEO Guide subscription pricing for the 2023 term (from April 1, 2023 through March 31, 2024) has been determined.

​Subscription pricing remains the same as for 2020, 2021, and 2022.

 

Update projections for 2023 included consideration of the following factors:

  • Anticipated publication of the 2024 edition of the CDC's Yellow Book in the Spring of 2023.

  • Possible changes in malaria-endemic areas in 13 countries, potentially affecting 25 maps (with an estimated 12 overlays impacted) based on analysis of the 2021 & 2022 WHO World Malaria Reports.

  • Possible publication of revised FDA tissue guidance on vCJD.

  • Possible triggering of donor screening for Ebola Virus Disease in 2023 based on ongoing sporadic cases in DR Congo, Guinea, and Uganda.

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2024 EDITION OF THE CDC YELLOW BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED

February 9, 2023

 

Publication of the 2024 Edition of the CDC's Health Information for International Travel, also known as "The Yellow Book", has been confirmed by the publisher, Oxford University Press.

 

The new edition Yellow Book is being published in both paperback and digital formats. The paperback is currently available for pre-order either directly from Oxford University Press for shipping on March 21, 2023. The book  can also be pre-ordered on either the Amazon or Barnes and Noble websites, with books to be shipped once the new editions are received from the publisher.

it is anticipated that publication of the new Yellow Book will warrant an update to the malaria content section of the Donor Screening GEO Guide.

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