Washington: If you`re a Western traveller, malaria and typhoid fever should be at the top of the list of diseases to discuss with your doctor when you return, especially following travel to Western Africa or India.In a study of more than 80,000 returned travelers who sought medical care for illnesses, around 3,000 (4 percent) were affected by malaria, typhoid fever and other potentially life-threatening tropical diseases.Many would be surprised to know that not a single traveller contracted the highly contagious and lethal Ebola virus, which is typically one of the tropical diseases most feared by travellers."While diagnosis and treatment of malaria and typhoid fever and many other tropical diseases have improved greatly over the years, people still can die from them if they are not treated quickly after their symptoms begin," University of Oslo researcher Mogens Jensenius, MD, PhD, who with his colleagues analyzed 15 years of data entered into the GeoSentinel surveillance network database, said."Doctors and nurses in Western countries need to be vigilant in considering these potentially life-threatening tropical infections in recently-returned travelers with fevers, and identify and treat them quickly," Jensenius said.
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