Travel Medicine

African sleeping sickness (African trypanosomiasis) is a disease caused by a parasite. It is passed on by the bite of the infected tsetse fly.

AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus, which kills or impairs cells of the immune system and progressively destroys the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers.

Detailed information on healthy considerations for air travel, including ways to prevent motion sickness and jet lag

Detailed checklist for travelers to ensure a safe and healthy trip

Detailed information on traveling with children

Cholera is an infectious disease caused by bacteria.

See your healthcare provider as early as possible before you leave on your trip. Discuss any risks that may be involved and plan for immunizations, medicine, and medical devices you may need while you're away.

Cryptosporidiosis is an infection that causes diarrhea. It is sometimes called Crypto. It is caused by a parasite found in stool.

Dengue (pronounced DEN-gee) fever is a viral disease. It is transmitted by mosquitoes mainly in tropical and subtropical areas of the world.

Detailed information on common health problems associated with travel in developing countries

Detailed information on traveling with diabetes, from packing your supplies to air travel, planning your injections when changing time zones, and storing your insulin.

Detailed information on the most common types of diarrheal diseases, including cryptosporidiosis, diarrhea, traveler's diarrhea, salmonella infection, and giardiasis

Detailed information on emerging infectious diseases and how travelers can reduce their risk of infectious diseases

Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain. It is often caused by a viral infection. The arboviruses cause encephalitis. They are passed on to people and animals by insects.

Detailed list of what a traveler's first-aid kit should include

At certain times of the year, various species of fish and shellfish contain toxins, even if well cooked. The most common type of fish poisoning in travelers is ciguatera fish poisoning.

Influenza, or flu, is a respiratory tract infection that spreads easily. It is caused by a virus.

Detailed information on health preparations before you travel and during travel

Detailed information on the most common high risk diseases for travelers, including African trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness), mad cow disease, HIV, AIDS, cholera, e. coli, dengue fever, diarrheal disease, cryptosporidiosis, diarrhea, traveler's

Detailed information on travel for people with HIV

Detailed information on the most common high risk diseases for travelers, including African trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness), mad cow disease, HIV, AIDS, cholera, e. coli, dengue fever, diarrheal disease, cryptosporidiosis, diarrhea, traveler's

BSE is a cattle disease, and vCJD is the equivalent disease in humans. Both are fatal brain diseases. Researchers believe that people become infected by eating beef contaminated with BSE.

Malaria is caused by a parasite. It is passed to humans by the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito.

Detailed information on travel and planning to travel

Detailed information on traveling while pregnant or breastfeeding

Detailed information on animal bites and rabies, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Detailed information on health considerations after returning home from traveling abroad

Detailed safety information for travelers

Salmonella is caused by the bacteria salmonella. Salmonella is a group of bacteria that can cause diarrhea in humans. There are many different kinds of salmonella bacteria.

Detailed information on traveling healthy while on cruise ships

Detailed information on how to respond if you become ill or injured while traveling

Detailed information on the most common high risk diseases for travelers, including African trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness), mad cow disease, HIV, AIDS, cholera, e. coli, dengue fever, diarrheal disease, cryptosporidiosis, diarrhea, traveler's

Detailed information for travelers with special needs

Review your vaccine history with your healthcare provider. Also be sure that infants and children are on schedule with their vaccine series.

Detailed medical information for Americans traveling abroad

Diarrhea is the term for bowel movements that are loose or watery. Traveler's diarrhea occurs within 10 days of travel to a location or an area with poor public hygiene. It's the most common illness in travelers.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection that often infects the lungs. Other organs, such as the kidneys, spine, or brain may also be affected.

Typhoid fever is a serious infection caused by bacteria. You can get the disease by eating food or drinking water that is contaminated with the bacteria.

Many diseases can be prevented by getting vaccinated against them. Read on to learn about recommended vaccines.

Viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) are illnesses caused by several types of viruses. Some of these viruses cause mild illness. Many others lead to life-threatening diseases with no known cures. One of the best known of this group is the Ebola virus.

Yellow fever is a viral disease caused by the bite of a mosquito. It is found mainly in certain areas of Africa, Central America, and South America.

Diarrhea is when your stools are loose and watery. You may also need to go to the bathroom more often.

Giardiasis is an infection. It is caused by a parasite called Giardia. It causes diarrhea.

Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain. Meningitis can be caused by either a virus or bacteria. Bacterial meningitis may be life-threatening.

Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. This spiral shaped bacterium is most commonly spread by a tick bite.

One Escherichia coli (E. coli) strain that causes a severe intestinal infection in humans is known as enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC). It’s the most common strain to cause illness in people. It’s different from other E. coli because it produces a potent toxin called Shiga toxin. This toxin damages the lining of the intestinal wall, causing bloody diarrhea.

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