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Travel Medicine

Abinash Virk

in Mayo Clinic Infectious Diseases Board Review

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827626
Published online June 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199929641 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199827626.003.0043

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Travel Medicine

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Travel between developing countries and developed countries is increasing every year. Approximately 880 million passengers arrived at international airports in 2009. The increase in travel to Africa has outpaced the increase for all other regions by almost twice, with the rate of growth reaching 8.1% in 2006. Asian and Pacific Rim countries continue to hold substantial travel interest. Travel to the Middle East has kept pace with travel growth despite the political instability there. More people are traveling to destinations that present higher risks of infectious diseases. Knowledge of prevention measures for preventable diseases becomes increasingly important. Management of posttravel illness becomes increasingly important. Subjects covered include preparation for travel, deep vein thrombosis prevention, motion sickness, jet lag, altitude sickness, vaccination and immunization, and traveler's diarrhea.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases

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