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The Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT) is an expert advisory body that assists PHAC with travel health-related advice for travellers and health care professionals.

The Committee was formed in February 1990 to:

  • provide recommendations relating to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases and other health hazards that may be encountered by Canadian travellers outside of Canada;
  • suggest mechanisms for the widespread dissemination and utilization of such recommendations and other travel or tropical medicine-related health information; and
  • advise on priorities for epidemiological research and other activities related to travel or tropical medicine.
CATMAT Statements & Recommendations*
Subject Title Date
Arthropod Bites Statement on Personal Protective Measures to Prevent Arthropod Bites - Update 2012
Cruise Ship Travel Statement on Cruise Ship Travel 2005
Dengue Fever Statement on Dengue 2009
Fever Fever in the Returning International Traveller 2011
Hepatitis Summary of the recommendations for the prevention of viral hepatitis during travel 2014
Hepatitis Statement on Hepatitis Vaccines for Travellers 2008
High Altitude Sickness Statement on High-Altitude Illnesses 2007
International Adoption Statement on International Adoption 2010
Japanese Encephalitis Statement on Protection Against Japanese Encephalitis 2011
Jet Lag Travel Statement on Jet Lag (External link) 2003
Malaria Canadian Recommendations for the Prevention and Treatment of Malaria Among International Travellers 2014
Meningococcal Statement on Meningococcal Vaccination for Travellers 2009
Motion Sickness Statement on Motion Sickness (External link) 2003
Older Travellers Statement on Older Travellers 2011
Pediatrics Statement on Pediatric Travellers 2010
Polio Statement on Poliovirus and the International Traveller 2014
Pregnancy and Travel Statement on Pregnancy and Travel (External link) 2010

Rabies Statement on Travellers and Rabies Vaccine (External link) 2002
Risk of Injury Statement on Risk of Injury and Travel 2010
Sexually Transmitted Infections Statement on Travellers and Sexually Transmitted Infections 2006
Travellers' Diarrhea Statement On Persistent Diarrhea In The Returned Traveller 2006
Travellers' Diarrhea Statement on New Oral Cholera and Travellers' Diarrhea Vaccination 2005
Travellers' Diarrhea Statement on Travellers' Diarrhea (External link) 2001
Travel Medicine Guidelines for the Practice of Travel Medicine 2009
Travel Medicine The Immunocompromised Traveller 2007
Travel Medicine Travel Medicine Resources for Canadian Practitioners 2006
Tick-Borne Encephalitis (TBE) Statement on Tick-Borne Encephalitis 2006
Tuberculosis Risk Assessment and Prevention of Tuberculosis Among Travellers 2009
Typhoid Statement on International Travellers and Typhoid 2014
Yellow Fever Statement for Travellers and Yellow Fever 2013

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