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Know the travel-related diseases and be safe

June 2, 2011

With Russia and more nations banning imports from some European countries like Germany because of the e-coli scare across Europe, and Dengue fever spreading in different countries like India, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Puerto Rico, it’s always best to know what you’re in for before traveling to that exotic destination you’ve always wanted to visit.

Although most governments put up disease-related travel warnings on their state websites, it is a good idea to contact the nearest Center for Disease Control or equivalent and get to know the facts about the diseases and the country or city you are visiting. Not all diseases spread throughout the country, some are diagnosed or found in certain areas or cities. And these can be seasonal as well. For example, the risk of infection during the rainy season from May to October in many countries in Central America is high.

For trips to India, China and Thailand, tropical disease specialists suggest a vaccination against rabies in case of being bitten by stray dogs. While vaccinations against hepatitis A and B have long been standard for many travelers to far-off destinations, they are often forgotten by Mediterranean Sea vacationers. ‘Those who travel in Turkey, Bulgaria or Morocco and like to eat seafood, which is often not cooked, should absolutely have protection against hepatitis A’.

Consult your doctor or government agencies for the required vaccinations for the particular country of your travel and seek medical advice when there. Get medical insurance for the unforeseeable or travel insurance that would cover medical emergencies.

This post will be updated with more information on various diseases to look out for and precautionary measures for those.



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