Are there different types of food-borne illness?
A wide variety of pathogens (disease-producing organisms) can be caught from food and drink. The most common food-borne illnesses experienced by travellers include: Traveller's diarrhoea (a very commo…
What is SARS?
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is an infectious viral disease that spreads mainly through sneezes and coughs and infects the respiratory tract.
What causes MERS?
The cause of MERS has been identified as a new kind of virus, which belongs to the coronavirus family.
What is tuberculosis?
Tuberculosis (or TB for short) is an infectious disease, usually of the lungs. It is caused by a type of bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
How is typhoid fever diagnosed?
A doctor may suspect typhoid fever based on your signs and symptoms. To confirm the diagnosis, blood, urine and stool samples are also tested for the presence of S. typhi bacteria.
What are the symptoms of typhoid fever?
In the early stages of infection, possible symptoms include diarrhoea, fever, abdominal pain, and a rash of small red spots on the abdomen and chest. Other potential symptoms include bloody stools, ch…
How is malaria treated?
Malaria is treated by specific anti-malarial drugs, depending on the specific circumstances of the infection.
How is tuberculosis treated?
Tuberculosis is treated with a combination of specific antibiotic drugs. The treatment commonly takes several months to complete.
How is rabies treated?
Treatment after infection can include cleaning the bite site, vaccination and special immunoglobulin treatment.