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FIFA travel New “Healthy Cup” App for visitors to Brazil

June 13, 2014

“HEALTHY CUP” app is part of an innovative project to improve public health surveillance in the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS), named participatory surveillance. It is a free Web application, designed for use on mobile devices and web browsers.

It’s a simple process that relies on voluntary participation by visitors or residents in Brazil, reporting their health status through information on 10 signs/symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, joint pain, headache, bleeding, and exanthema [rash]) during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

“HEALTHY CUP” was developed in Portuguese, English, and Spanish to be a complementary channel for health information and services to users, enabling the participation of all.

This project is an initiative of the Surveillance Department of the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Departments of Health of the venues of the matches and other national and international institutions such as the Skoll Global Threats Fund, TEPHINET, HealthMap, and ProMED-mail.

ImmunizeCA is another handy app where you log in all your Canadian vaccine information so it is quickly available no matter what country you are in.

All visitors to other countries are strongly urged to check your immunizations at least 6-8 weeks ahead and be up to date. Many countries,including holiday destinations,are experiencing outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases including Measles. Contact a travel health clinic for updates on travel to any country for the most current information.

Don’t bring something home you didn’t plan on for you, your family and friends or workplace. If you become ill shortly after returning from another country, see a Dr and tell them about your travels, it could be serious.

How to download for Brazil’s Health Cup App:

– iOS devices (iPhone and iPad): available from the App Store via <https://itunes.apple.com/br/app/saude-na-copa/id860378564?mt=8>

– Android devices (Samsumg, Motorola, LG, etc): available from Google play via <https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=br.com.epitrack.healthycup>

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