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Travel Medical Kits

Travel Medical Kits
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Travel Medical Kits

Passports, tickets, visas, other travel documents, vaccination books, money, credit cards. and travel medical packs are some of the items that are essential when traveling. In most cases having a successful trip requires planning for events, some expected and some unexpected ones that may occur while enroute to your destination and while you are there. This column will focus on the importance of having a carefully planned travel medical pack as part of your travel gear.

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Business Travelers

Business Travelers
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Air travel used to be fun, now airports are modern day battlegrounds, with travelers being transformed into ‘soldiers’, their mission, to make it to their destinations without losing their minds.

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Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis
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Schistosomiasis is a parasitic illness, which goes by several names, including bilharziasis and snail fever. It has been around since Egyptian times, mummies have actually been found with calcified eggs – dating back to 1500 BC. It is caused by one of five species of water borne flatworms, also called flukes. Fresh water snails are essential for part of the developmental stage of this parasite. The stage that causes human disease is called a cercaria. these are tiny, free swimming, pear shaped tadpole like objects. The cerceraie are stimulated by bright lights and warm day time temperatures, causing them to abandon their snail hosts and look for humans.

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Malaria

Malaria
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Malaria

Among the many diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, malaria is one of the most dreaded, and yet pre­ventable, causes of mortality among travelers. The geographic distribution of malaria covers most tropical regions and some warm temperate regions of the world. Risk of malarial transmis­sion decreases above 4,500 feet, how­ever in hotter climates, it may occur at heights above 9,000 feet. Last summer there was a big outbreak in Kissi, Kenya – altitude 6,000 feet.

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Hepatitis A Vaccine

Hepatitis A Vaccine
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Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a viral illness of the liver, which is primarily spread by eat­ing and drinking contaminated food and water. This includes eating raw seafood, uncooked fruits and vegeta­bles, or foods that are contaminated by food handlers. Intimate contact with an infected patient can also spread the disease.

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Dengue fever

Dengue fever
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Dengue Fever – a Global Health Problem, Why You Should be Concerned

Dengue Fever is a mosquito- borne, viral illness occurring primarily in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world. The risk is greatest in the Indian sub-continent, Southeast Asia, South China, most countries in Central and South America, the Pacific islands, and even Texas, where there were cases last year.

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Motion Sickness

Motion Sickness
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Motion Sickness by Dr. Rajiv Narula

Motion sickness is a common problem encountered by travelers – whether by sea, air land, camel or elephant ! We all suffer from it, the difference lies in the level of discomfort- 5% suffer heavily, 5% suffer minimally and the remainder 90 % suffer moderately. According to the Medical College of Wisconsin from one third to one half of airline passengers experience some degree of motion sickness when encountering heavy turbulence.

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