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24 January 2013 09:19
Holidaymakers have been urged to see their doctor after returning from high-risk countries
Researchers have warned holidaymakers returning from tropical regions such as western Africa and India over the risk of malaria and typhoid fever. In a study of more than 80,000 holidaymakers worldwide who required medical care for illnesses contracted while overseas, more than 3,000 were found to have malaria, typhoid fever and other potentially deadly tropical diseases.
More than three-quarters of the diagnoses were for malaria, while almost a fifth concerned typhoid fever, according to the research carried out by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Oslo and other institutions.
University of Oslo researcher Mogens Jensenius said: "Doctors and nurses in Western countries need to be vigilant in considering these potentially life-threatening tropical infections in recently-returned travellers with fevers, and identify and treat them quickly."
A number of other universities across Europe, Israel, Australia and the United States also contributed to the study, which was published online in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The findings highlight the importance of arranging
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