Adventure travellers going off the beaten track have been warned to check their vaccinations are up to date after a rise in reported incidents of infectious diseases, such as polio and tuberculosis, in some of the more popular holiday destinations, according to backpacker insurance provider Alpha Travel Insurance
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A new study, Travel-associated Illness Trends and Clusters, 2000-2010, has found that gastric illnesses, skin conditions and fever-causing diseases such as malaria and dengue fever are the most common types of international travel-related illnesses.
As of 30 August 2013, the total number of cases of MERS-CoV reported globally by the World Health Organization (WHO) is 108, including 50 deaths
For many years, it has been thought that travellers and expatriates needed to obtain booster jabs in order to ensure their immunity against yellow fever, but new advice from the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunisation (SAGE) claims that one single dose of the vaccine will be enough for lifetime protection.
A surge in the number of Pelagia noctiluca – or mauve stinger – jellyfish along the Mediterranean coastline has prompted scientists to warn that the health of tens of thousands of tourists is at risk.
The China Health and Family Planning Commission has notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of an additional four cases of human infection with influenza A(H7N9) in four patients who are from Jiangsu province in eastern China, meaning that the number of infections has passed 80.
The Ministry of Health in Singapore is closely monitoring an outbreak of dengue fever as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise, with almost all the active clusters being found in the eastern part of the city state.
Although hopes have been raised in recent years with regards to the global eradication of malaria, scientists in Malaysia have reported an ongoing increase in cases of malaria in Borneo caused by the Plasmodium knowlesi parasite.
An Italian study recently published in British medical publication The Lancet Infectious Diseases shows the first extensive global analysis of the sexually transmitted infections (STIs) diagnosed in travellers who visited the worldwide network of GeoSentinel travel clinics between 1996 and 2010.
The most recent outbreak of dengue fever in Cairns, Australia, is suspected to have been brought back from Thailand, according Dr Richard Gair from the local public health unit.