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Travelling is a pathway for the spread of infectious diseases to new geographical areas. The emergence of an infectious disease is complex and the most powerful force driving its emergence is human activities like travelling
Tickets booked? Accommodation settled? Visa applied?
Planning for a trip can be busy and fun, but in the midst of the excitement, it is easy to forget about travel health issues. Read on to find out if you are indeed ready for your new adventures.
To get the most out of your holiday, make sure you are in the pink of health. Speak to your doctor to find out more about:
In our excitement, we can overlook other small but important pre-travel preparations to safeguard our health while we are overseas. Always be safe, not sorry.
Always be aware of your health, the risks around you, and remember to adhere to the following safety practices.
Always practise personal protection
Drink only from safe/reputable sources
Boil it, cook it, peel it or forget it
Listed below are just some of the common diseases that you should look out for when you are overseas. If you discover that you are showing some of these symptoms, monitor your condition and consult a doctor where necessary.
These diseases are contracted when you consume food or drinks from unsafe or unclean sources.
Hand sanitiser (to a certain extent)
Wash your hands with clean water before eating
Eat/buy food only from safe sources
These diseases are contracted when you are bitten by mosquitoes that carry these viruses.
Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved clothing and long pants, especially when outdoors at night
Sleep under a mosquito net or in a room where the windows are fitted with fine wire netting
For Malaria, speak to your doctor about anti-Malaria tablets.
These diseases are contracted when you breathe in the germs that are expelled by an infected person near you.
Remember your recent travel history especially to high-risk countries
These diseases are contracted through the exchange of blood and bodily fluids, through (but not limited to) blood transfusions, the use of non-sterilised needles and having unprotected sex.
Avoid casual or unprotected sex
Condoms, if used properly, can reduce the risk of getting HIV. It is advisable to bring along your own condoms
Seek medical attention immediately for
Always maintain hydration
Activate your travel insurance if you are seriously ill and require emergency transport home for appropriate medical attention
If you have been ill during your holiday, it is good practice to return to the doctor for a thorough check-up if
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