Travellers warned of infection risk
26 January 2009 09:38
Travellers have been warned by an article in the Metro that exotic destinations aren't the only places that viruses and infections may be picked up.
Lisa Scott states in her piece that holidaymakers should do their homework before they set off to enjoy their break and should be seeing the doctor a month before they fly out.
Dr Dipti Patel, from health service Masta, told the newspaper that "Infections that are airborne or caused by mosquitoes don't necessarily stay in high risk areas such as Asia and Africa.
"Tropical diseases have been reported in Italy, France and Spain.
Dr Patel adds that in 2006 1,758 Britons contracted malaria, with eight of them dying, showing that Britons aren't putting the research in before heading off on holiday.
Travellers going away, especially those taking in the more exotic destinations, are advised to take out travel insurance before they go to cover them against any illnesses they may pick up while away.
According to the Association of British Travel Agents more exotic holiday destinations such as Brazil and India have seen the biggest growth in popularity with British tourists in recent years.