The three most threatening travel illnesses revealed – and where you can catch them

The three most threatening travel illnesses revealed – and where you can catch them

Tropical travel illnesses are a troubling side effect of sun-soaked long haul holidays in relatively untouched destinations. Many countries such as Bali and India require holidaymakers to have a host of preventative jabs to ensure their health and wellbeing while on vacation. Although some of the immunisations might come at a cost to UK residents, they could help to save lives and combat against regional illnesses. The top three travel sicknesses that are tipped to impact the most people heading on vacation in 2019 have now been revealed.

Medical insurance providers Get Going have pinpointed the most threatening illnesses that exist in most countries, these being Dengue Fever, Typhoid fever and Yellow fever.

Dengue fever is a tropical disease with four different types of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes, with 390,000,000 cases, while Typhoid fever is classed as an acute illness that has a recorded amount of 21,000,000 cases.

The latter comes around after ingestion of contaminated food or water.

Meanwhile Yellow fever is preventable virus caused by mosquito bites, for which immunisation is available, with over 127,000 cases affecting travellers.

Kenya and Peru are hotspots for Dengue fever, while Typhoid is also present in Peru and India.

Diarrhoea also affects 30 percent of travellers who jet to far-away climes.

Get Going also stated the “riskiest nations” to travel to in health terms were India, Peru, Indonesia and Kenya.

Thailand also made the list, despite its popularity with holidaymakers crashing beaches and culture.

A spokesperson stated: “The average value of an insurance claim in this part of Southeast Asia is £734, with Travellers Diarrhoea the most common ailment for its visitors.”

Meanwhile, contaminated food was flagged as a major way bugs are transmitted.

The firm also warned against poor sanitation facilities, and advised: “Locations where there is a lack of clean water, open sewers and toilets are hotbeds for bacteria and parasites to thrive.

“Steer clear of tap water and ice in your drinks to avoid disease in the risky nations.”

Insect bites are also prime for disease to enter the body.

The spokesperson added: “The WHO estimates that the mosquito is the deadliest animal alive, resulting in over one million deaths every year.

“Travellers can equip themselves with maps showing danger zones for Malaria and Dengue to stay safe.”

Published at Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:33:00 +0000

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