Geneva - The World Health Organisation on Wednesday advised travellers to South Africa to take precautions against insect bites and contact with raw meat, after an outbreak of Rift Valley fever killed 18 people.
"WHO advises no international travel restriction to or from South Africa." the agency said in a statement posted on its website.
"However, WHO recommends that visitors to South Africa, especially those intending to visit farms and/or game reserves, avoid coming into contact with animal tissues or blood, avoid drinking unpasteurised or uncooked meat or eating raw meat," it added.
"All travellers should take appropriate precautions against bites from mosquitoes and other blood sucking insects."
Rift Valley fever is a viral disease in livestock such as cattle, sheep and camels, but can also infect humans through indirect or direct contact with infected animal blood or organs.