Can food-borne illness be prevented?
You can reduce your chances of contracting food-borne illness by practising good hygiene measures, such as: taking care to wash your hands when handling food, taking care to eat and use water only fro…
What is the outcome for Ebola?
In previous outbreaks of Ebola, the mortality rate was as high as 90%. In the 2014 epidemic, the mortality rate was about 53%.
What is trench foot?
Trench foot, also known as 'immersion foot', is a condition caused by feet being wet and cold for days at a time. Trench foot can occur even when the temperature is not particularly low. In trench foo…
How common is scabies?
Scabies is a very common condition, affecting an estimated 300 million people all over the world.
How is tick-borne encephalitis diagnosed?
If your doctor suspects you may have tick-borne encephalitis they will carry out specific blood tests to detect the presence of the virus. To assist with diagnosis, a lumbar puncture may also be perfo…
Is there a vaccine for mosquito-borne illnesses?
Some mosquito-borne illnesses can be prevented by vaccination, but many others have no vaccine.
What can be done at home to treat MERS?
MERS is a serious health problem and should be treated at hospital.
What is dengue fever?
Dengue fever is an infectious disease transmitted by mosquito and caused by the dengue fever virus.
Will traveller's diarrhoea clear on its own?
Most cases of traveller's diarrhoea will clear up on their own, but some will need treatment.
How common is yellow fever?
Yellow fever is a common disease in Africa and South America. Every year, 200,000 cases of yellow fever occur, with 30,000 people dying of the disease.
How is food-borne illness spread?
Most types of food-borne illnesses spread via the oral-faecal route, meaning that infected human waste contaminates food in poor hygiene conditions.