Does Mean Taking Risks - But Not Necessarily The Ones You Think
new guide for international travellers offers an unparalleled range of advice,
on subjects from air travel to yellow fever, on how to avoid infectious diseases
and on why you're more likely to be run over in an accident than succumb to
plague or the Ebola virus.
travel and health sets the gold standard for travel care. This concise but
comprehensive book - and accompanying website – draws on the World Health
Organization's (WHO) global network of medical information to provide the very
latest advice on prevention, vaccination, and what to do when travellers do fall
book profiles the more than 30 infectious diseases which are of most
significance to travellers, giving clear advice on the risk to travellers and
the preventive measures that should be taken. The risk to travellers has
increased in recent years due to the spread of diseases to new areas, the
appearance of entirely new diseases, and the emergence of drug resistance.
Moreover, changes in the pattern of international travel are bringing more
visitors to remote areas where the risk of
"This book contains vital advice for all travellers, from business executives flying in and out of a capital city to independent adventurers or humanitarian aid workers visiting more remote parts of a country," said Dr David Heymann, Executive Director in charge of Communicable Diseases at WHO.
chapter tackles in detail the subject of air travel and its potential effects on
health. In the year 2000, more than 1 600 million journeys were made by plane.
examined include the supply of oxygen in the cabin of aircraft, the expansion of
gases within the body, low relative humidity in aircraft cabins, and prolonged
immobility, leading to potential circulatory problems. There has been a great
deal of publicity in recent years about the risk of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)
after long-haul flight. But the book points out that the risk of
"developing deep-vein thrombosis is very small unless additional
pre-existing risk factors for thromboembolism are present."
chapter is devoted to malaria, a serious threat to the health of travellers in
more than 100 countries which are visited by more than 125 million international
travellers every year. The chapter sets out a comprehensive series of
recommendations, from identifying which drugs are effective in which countries
to how to avoid being bitten by the mosquitoes which spread the malaria
is also important to know when malaria prophylaxis is not necessary. Every year,
large quantities of drugs are taken unnecessarily by travellers who are not
exposed to malaria. This book clearly identifies those areas where protection is
vital, and those where antimalarials should not be prescribed.
all travellers, vaccination offers the possibility of avoiding a number of
dangerous infections that may be encountered abroad. Vaccines are generally very
safe and adverse reactions are uncommon. However, vaccines have not yet been
developed against several of the most life-threatening infections, including
malaria and HIV/AIDS, so the book offers details of other precautions that
travellers should take.
infectious diseases are a major cause of ill health in travellers, and can be
life-threatening, traffic accidents and drowning are responsible for the largest
number of deaths while travelling abroad.
1998, the last year for which figures are available, it is estimated that more
than 1 million people were killed in traffic accidents worldwide and a further
10 million were injured. Another half a million people drown each year and many
more suffer permanent effects after near-drowning incidents. International
travel and health suggests practical precautions that can be taken to avoid
accidents on roads, in cities and in water.
book places a clear emphasis on the responsibility of each individual to ensure
they are properly prepared for all travel-related risks. Following the
recommended precautions helps ensure that travel is a worthwhile and rewarding
experience, not a dangerous and potentially fatal one.
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