U.K.health officials are increasing their surveillance for potential disease outbreaks that may jeopardize the London Olympics this summer.
Londonis expecting an estimated 3 million visitors during July and August who may bring with them viruses and bacteria from around the world.
“No news will be good news,” said John McConnell, editor of the Lancet Infectious Diseases that co-sponsored the meeting on health in mass gatherings.
The Health Protection Agency ofBritain said it will mostly be looking out for ailments such as diarrhea, flu, and respiratory illnesses but its surveillance system should be able to pick up rarer infections.
Americans planning to travel to Britainhave been advised by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure they’re up to date on their routine vaccinations, including measles.