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terrifying small organisms and parasites

There are many illnesses that a traveler can encounter while on the road. Most people are familiar with malaria, hepatitis, and yellow fever, a vaccination for which is required to travel in many countries. Lesser known are some truly terrifying (and disgusting) organisms that give travel health disaster a whole new meaning. You are unlikely [...]

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amoebic dysentery

While traveling Northern Mali in the fall of 2010, I came down with a horrific case of amoebic dysentery. When the symptoms began, I assumed I had traveler's diarrhea, which would last a day or two - uncomfortable and inconvenient, but nothing serious. When I started shitting blood, I realized something more sinister was at [...]

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comparison of hepatitis A, B and C

Many people have heard of Hepatitis, but it seems like most do not know much about the disease and its different strains. Below I've constructed a table that will provide simple, straightforward information that is useful for travelers in regards to the virus. Hepatitis is a disease which can be easily avoided as long as [...]

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hepatitis C information for travelers

Hepatitis C is the most dangerous strain of the hepatitis virus that a traveler could encounter out in the world. It is not vaccine preventable, but luckily there are some easy tips to help you stay free and clear of this deadly virus. Hepatitis is a disease which causes inflammation of the liver. Many people [...]

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hepatitis b information for travelers

While not as prevalent as hepatitis A, hepatitis B is a disease which can easily be encountered on your travels. This article will discuss the dangers of hepatitis B and the tips and methods to ensure that a traveler stays free of this disease on their travels. Hepatitis is a disease which causes inflammation of [...]

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why World Nomads offers the best travel insurance

Before selecting travel insurance for my last trip to West Africa, I did online research and I polled friends who traveled frequently. In my quest to find the best travel insurance, World Nomads was repeatedly suggested. After doing some additional research, I saw that they were also recommended by many travel companies, including Lonely Planet. [...]

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hepatitis A information for travelers

Of all the strains, hepatitis A is the one most likely to effect a traveler abroad. This article will discuss the dangers of hepatitis A and the steps a traveler can take to avoid letting this virus ruin their trip. Hepatitis is a disease which causes inflammation of the liver. Many people are aware of [...]

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Travel Health Disasters Part I

travel health disasters

The following is the first part in a series of posts titled Travel Health Disasters. Featured are the tales of other travelers and travel bloggers who have experienced some difficult moments on the road. Some of them are funny. Some of them are scary. Some of them are downright miserable. All of them are related to travel health in one way or another.

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guinea worm parasite

Guinea Worm is a parasitic worm that is currently only found in 3 countries. Here are a few reasons why Guinea Worm is terrifying: 1. There is no treatment for it. 2. It is a worm that grows to three feet inside your body. 3. You don't know you have it until approximately one year [...]

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which malaria prophylactic should you take?

There is no vaccine for malaria, but you can take prophylactics. The reason a vaccine has not been developed is largely due to the life-cycle of the protist that causes the disease. When an infected mosquito bites you, the protist enters your bloodstream and makes its way inside of your red blood cells. Because the [...]

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