International Travel

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Many U.S. residents travel internationally, often to developing countries. Some of these travelers come back with more than just souvenirs. They return with diseases and other conditions picked up during their trip. Dr. Edward Hill discusses safe international travel in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Every year, many Americans travel internationally, both for vacation and for business. An international trip requires careful planning when it comes to your health.

Unclean food and water can cause travelers diarrhea, a common illness in travelers. Insects and other animals can carry diseases.

Before your trip, visit a doctor or other health care provider, ideally four to six weeks before leaving the country. Your doctor may recommend vaccines and medications based on your medical history, health conditions and trip itinerary.

During your trip:

Practice food and water safety.

Drink bottled or disinfected water and use ice made from bottled or disinfected water.

Eat fully cooked foods that are served hot.

Eat only pasteurized dairy products, and

Wash your hands often. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub containing at least 60 percent alcohol.

After your trip, see a doctor immediately if you have a fever after returning home. It is important to tell your doctor where you traveled and for how long.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.