With the recent increase in overseas travel, travelers should be careful not to catch infectious diseases locally. /Photo = Today’s Image
Foreign travelers are increasing in the endemic (endemic) phase of the new coronavirus infection (Corona 19). According to the Korea Tourism Organization, the number of outbound travelers in the third quarter was 1,996,000, which is more than double from the previous quarter (944,000).
As the number of foreign travelers increases, the possibility of catching infectious diseases such as dengue fever or monkeypox (Mpox), which is currently fashionable, is high, so special attention is needed.
Information on infectious diseases and vaccinations by country can be found in the ‘Foreign Infectious Disease NOW’ operated by the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infectious disease prevention information and vaccination certification organizations are available here. Foreign Infectious Diseases NOW shows the trend of foreign infectious diseases each week.
Immunized people, pregnant women, children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to infection, so care is needed.
Immunocompromised patients include those undergoing chemotherapy, organ transplantation, long-term steroid use, splenectomy, and HIV infection. They must consult a pre-vaccination specialist before deciding to vaccinate.
It is safe for pregnant women to travel during the second trimester (weeks 13-28) of pregnancy. Pregnant women should pay attention to diarrhea, which is called water change, but if you take this symptom, the risk of dehydration is high and it is not good for the fetus. So, you need to be very careful about your food intake. During pregnancy, it is recommended not to travel to areas with a high risk of malaria, and if you must visit, you should take anti-malarial medication.
Vaccination is essential for children and the elderly. It is recommended that the elderly receive additional vaccinations, such as flu and pneumococcal vaccines, as well as essential vaccinations. You should also take care of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
When travelling, it is recommended to wear long, bright clothes and use mosquito repellents to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes or insects. In particular, there is no vaccine for dengue fever, so it is important to avoid mosquito bites in areas where dengue fever is endemic. Avoid contact with animals, such as not touching dogs, birds or wild animals.
Symptoms of an infectious disease appear within 3 weeks of returning home. If symptoms such as fever, rash, diarrhea, and vomiting occur after returning home, you must first report to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1339), then visit a hospital in accordance with the instructions to receive diagnosis and treatment from a specialist.
Bae Ji-yeon, an infectious medicine specialist at Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital, said, “The best way to prevent infection when traveling abroad is to wash your hands.
The pear expert said, “It is good to eat all thoroughly cooked food, and you should drink boiled water, bottled water, or carbonated water.”
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