Diseases and Conditions

Common Health Problems Associated With Travel in Developing Countries

According to the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following are some of the most common health problems associated with travel to developing countries:

  • Traveler's diarrhea (by far the most common risk since it affects up to 80 percent of international travelers based on the destination)

  • Enterotoxic E. coli diarrhea

  • Malaria

  • Acute febrile respiratory tract infections

  • Influenza

Less common infections may also be a risk in certain areas. Some are related to sexual contact with an infected person: 

  • Hepatitis (A, B, E)

  • Gonorrhea

  • Animal bites with rabies risk

  • Typhoid and paratyphoid fever

  • HIV infection

  • Legionella infection

  • Cholera

  • Meningococcal disease

  • Dengue Fever

  • Prion Diseases

  • Yellow fever

  • Tuberculosis

  • Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS)

  • Poliomyelitis

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