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hantavirus

Named after the area around the Hantan River in South Korea, where an outbreak was recorded in the 1970's, hantaviruses find themselves in that fun category of viruses that are untreatable and potentially fatal. There is also no current commercially available vaccine. The good news is that hantaviruses are rarely contracted by humans. We will [...]

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athlete's foot

"Foot" and "fungus" are two words you never want to see paired together. Unfortunately, that revolting combination is precisely what happens under the right conditions. In many ways, you are more likely to come across the offending fungi while you are traveling. More time in shared spaces, hotel rooms, and possibly swimming pools and locker [...]

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snake bites

We recently wrote a post about spider bites, and afterwards we had several emails from readers asking us if we could write something on snake bites. It seems many of you want this site to turn into a very morbid place. Snake bites are certainly worth talking about. There could be as many as 5 [...]

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Cellulitis infection

Both authors of this site have had cases of cellulitis, so we can get particularly intimate with this subject. Let's get down to it. Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection. It usually starts innocently enough with a little redness and perhaps some swelling. If left untreated, things can go south quickly. This is what happened [...]

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Sea urchin sting

Sea urchins are what you would call a passive, non-aggressive animal. In other words, it's up to you to make the mistake. And the mistake is a costly one. These little devils advertise their ability to wreak havoc with countless black spines that jet out of their round shaped body. Step on an urchin, and [...]

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spider bites

Who doesn't have an outsize fear of spiders? The things look they were specifically designed to terrify us. Eight legs, eight eyes, fangs. What else? Oh yeah, some of them are venomous. We are afraid of spiders despite the fact that we have countless encounters with them. We've also been bitten by spiders, and in [...]

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Bolivia Travel Health Guide

Bolivia Travel health Guide

With its history and rich, multi-ethnic culture, rain-forests, mountains and salt flats, an ocean coastline is about the only thing that Bolivia is lacking. You will surely manage without one, because there is already too much to see and do in this land-locked country that is situated in the heart of South America. As is [...]

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Is MSG really bad for you?

are maggi cubes bad for you because of MSG?

If you've walked past any Chinese restaurant in the industrialized world, there is a good chance you have seen a sign that says something along the lines of, "We don't cook with MSG." What's the big deal? Is MSG actually bad for you? It must be bad if restaurants are making signs about it, right? [...]

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fire coral

Here's the deal, fire coral is not even coral. It's worse than that. Fire coral is actually more closely related to jellyfish than coral. The good news is that you won't find it cruising around the ocean like a jellyfish. Fire coral is fixed to one spot, and with any luck, you won't go anywhere [...]

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everything you need to know about hemorrhoids

Even if you don't know what hemorrhoids are, you almost certainly know that you don't want them. After reading this article, you will know what hemorrhoids are, and you will still not want them. Alright, let's get to it. Hemorrhoids are actually perfectly normal. In fact, you need them. A hemorrhoid is a collection of [...]

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