Journal Article

Infections at High Altitude

Charles D. Ericsson, Robert Steffen, Buddha Basnyat, Thomas A. Cumbo and Robert Edelman

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 33, issue 11, pages 1887-1891
Published in print December 2001 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online December 2001 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI:
Infections at High Altitude

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Every year, thousands of outdoor trekkers worldwide visit high-altitude (>2500 m) destinations. Although high-altitude areas per se do not harbor any specific agents, it is important to know the pathogens encountered in the mountains to be better able to help the ill sojourner at high altitude. These are the same pathogens prevalent in the surrounding lowlands, but various factors such as immunomodulation, hypoxia, physiological adaptation, and harsh environmental stressors at high altitude may enhance susceptibility to these pathogens. Against this background, various gastrointestinal, respiratory, dermatological, neurological, and other infections encountered at high altitude are discussed. Because there are few published data on infections at high altitude, this review is largely anecdotal and based on personal experience.

Journal Article.  3374 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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