What increases the chances of developing a food-borne illness while travelling?
Being in a high-risk group (such as children and older people), eating and using water from unsafe sources and individual health conditions all affect your chances of falling ill from food-borne illne…
What is cholera?
Cholera is an infectious disease caused by the Vibrio cholerae bacterium. It causes massive diarrhoea in the people it infects.
What is typhoid fever?
Typhoid fever, otherwise known as enteric fever, is an infection caused by Salmonella typhi bacteria. It is transmitted through contaminated food or water and can cause severe diarrhoea and a rash.
How is tuberculosis diagnosed?
There are several tests for confirming the presence of tuberculosis bacteria in the body, including a skin test, chest X-ray, sputum smear test and blood test.
Who gets yellow fever?
Anyone can become infected by yellow fever if bitten by a mosquito that is carrying yellow fever virus.
Is traveller's diarrhoea contagious?
Traveller's diarrhoea is highly contagious and you must wash your hands thoroughly after visiting the bathroom.
Is cost the most important factor I should consider when thinking about medical tourism?
Cost is not the most important factor to consider. Other factors to think about before you travel include communication levels, if you visit a country where you do not speak the language fluently; qua…
What are the symptoms of SARS?
Symptoms of SARS resemble those of the flu: fever, dry cough, breathing difficulties, shortness of breath, discomfort (malaise), headache, chills, dizziness, stiff muscles, diarrhoea (in 10-20% of peo…
What causes scabies?
Scabies is caused by the tiny parasitic mite, Sarcoptes scabiei, burrowing under the skin's surface to lay its eggs. It cannot be seen with the naked eye and is passed on by close physical contact, es…