You have your sunscreen, swimsuit, and flip flops all packed, and you’re ready for some fun in the sun – but what if we told you that you could contract a dangerous or possibly deadly illness while away on vacation? Would this hinder your plans? International travelers should always be cautious about their health and safety when visiting abroad, as when least expected, illness or an injury can strike and potentially ruin your dream vacation. Here is a comprehensive guide to help you not only have a safe and healthy trip but also make you aware of the different illnesses you can contract and how to prevent them, while still indulging in your wanderlust.
Diseases To Be Aware Of
While visiting a foreign country – whether it is sunny and hot, cold and snowy, or damp and mountainous – there are a variety of diseases a traveler can contract for numerous reasons. It is wise to be aware of some of these illnesses to ensure the proper preventative measures have been taken before leaving as well as while you are on vacation. Some of the most common diseases a visitor can contract are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and traveler's diarrhea, which can all be easily avoided with medication and immunization before leaving for your vacation. Other preventable but critical illnesses a traveler can contract are the Zika virus, cholera, bed bugs, influenza (the flu), Avian influenza (bird flu), and the Ebola virus. Malaria, AIDS/HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), rabies, typhoid fever, and parasitic infections such as hookworm are also common diseases an individual can contract. All of these conditions vary with symptoms and severity, and also depend on the environment you are visiting, with many of these illnesses thriving in hot, dry, and even tropical places due to contaminated water and food, insects and animals, or human-carried infections.
Let’s explore the preventative measures and vaccines visitors should take when traveling to a foreign destination.