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04 November 2010

Travellers unaware of risks

Travelling is contributing to the spread of infectious diseases, such as flu, measles and meningitis, and may also ups the risk for malaria, typhoid, dengue fever and hepatitis.

Global mobility, or travelling, may contribute to the spread of infectious diseases – such as influenza, measles, and meningitis – and may also put individual travellers at risk for malaria, typhoid, dengue fever and hepatitis.

Despite these potential risks, a recent study conducted by the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and published in the Journal of Travel Medicine found that 46% of travellers to resource-limited countries did not seek health advice or vaccinations prior to departure.

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