Large gatherings increase the opportunity for infectious diseases to spread, and large gatherings that bring together people from different corners of the world are particularly adept at wreaking havoc. Couple that with vector-borne diseases and food-induced illness, and you can understand why public health officials are on alert.
Between June 14 and July 15, 2018, people from around the world will travel to the 2018 FIFA World Cup games in Russia. The European office of the World Health Organization has prepared a brochure for those who will be traveling to the games. They also released a video in Russian that educates about tobacco use, consumption of excessive salt, and physical inactivity.
Travelers to the games are also being reminded to make sure they are updated on vaccinations, particularly measles as Russia has reported 855 cases by June 1, 2018, and more than 128,000 cases have been reported worldwide in the same period. A global measles and rubella update was shared this month.
An interesting case study, Strengthening public health: Making the case for mass gatherings, written by Ute Enderlein and Jetri Regmi, may also be of interest.