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The International Traveler's Guide to Avoiding Infections
     

The International Traveler's Guide to Avoiding Infections

by Charles E. Davis
 

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The last thing a world traveler wants is to get sick. To stay healthy, travelers need to protect themselves from viruses, bacteria, and parasites, including many they have seldom, if ever, encountered. With precise, simple explanations, this indispensable guide helps international travelers avoid common—and uncommon—infections wherever they go.

Overview

The last thing a world traveler wants is to get sick. To stay healthy, travelers need to protect themselves from viruses, bacteria, and parasites, including many they have seldom, if ever, encountered. With precise, simple explanations, this indispensable guide helps international travelers avoid common—and uncommon—infections wherever they go.

Relating important medical findings, Dr. Charles E. Davis provides the latest recommendations for healthy travel planning. He describes the precautions travelers can take to prevent infection, including

• pre-trip travel clinic visits• essential immunizations and medications• travel insurance and medical kits• safe food and water practices• personal protection measures• post-trip checkups

The International Traveler's Guide to Avoiding Infections is organized by disease, with highly accessible discussions and detailed illustrations of all the major travelers’ infections. Maps make it easy to see where infections are commonly acquired, and specific prevention strategies for each destination enhance travel planning.

Tourists and professionals such as military personnel, journalists, aid workers, and businesspeople need the tools provided here to stay healthy during their trip and after they return home.

Editorial Reviews

Courier-Mail
A best new travel read... lists the essentials of a travel medical kit, outlines basic food and water practices, and details the viruses, bacteria, and parasites that may be encountered around the world.

— Scott Podmore

EmaxHealth
Follow his 'Considerations for ALL travelers' advice before zipping your suitcase shut and heading for the airport... and follow his 7 most important travel medical kit considerations to ensure the safest and healthiest travel experience possible.

— Timothy Boyer

Cybertron Reviews
This book is amazing and explains all the different types of infections worldwide... I will recommend this book to all my friends and family.

Reference and Research Book News
This work offers much practical and sound medical advice to travelers.

Midwest Book Review
Fine health coverage for travelers who want the latest guidelines for avoiding common and uncommon infection around the world, and provides the latest recommendations... Any travel or international health collection must have this!

Clinical Infectious Diseases - Irani Ratnam
This book is remarkable in its capacity to deliver essential knowledge that will enable travelers to be well informed and well prepared but also to cover a wide range of travel-related infections in suitable detail interspersed with historical anecdotes and facts... This book will be of great benefit to the 'worried well' traveler.

Clinical Infections Diseases
This book is remarkable in its capacity to deliver essential knowledge that will enable travelers to be well informed and well prepared.

JAMA
The International Traveler's Guide to Avoiding Infections presents well-written and well-organized information on geographic infectious diseases.

Courier-Mail - Scott Podmore
A best new travel read... lists the essentials of a travel medical kit, outlines basic food and water practices, and details the viruses, bacteria, and parasites that may be encountered around the world.

EmaxHealth - Timothy Boyer
Follow his 'Considerations for ALL travelers' advice before zipping your suitcase shut and heading for the airport... and follow his 7 most important travel medical kit considerations to ensure the safest and healthiest travel experience possible.

About.com - Nancy Parode
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. Dr. Davis has written a book that will serve as an incredibly valuable travel resource for many types of travelers... A must read book for anyone traveling to tropical areas, sub-Saharan Africa and developing nations.

Library Journal
Many people who travel internationally are at risk of picking up unwanted souvenirs in the form of microbes, bacteria, and parasites. Davis (pathology & medicine, emeritus, Univ. of California, San Diego) provides advice about what to do before, during, and after a trip to prevent infection and explains options if an illness does occur. Pre-travel planning advice covers immunizations, personal preventative measures, traveling with children, immune-compromised travelers, and information for adventurous travelers more likely to come into contact with diseases. Maps and tables illustrate regions where specific diseases are endemic, and suggestions include what to carry in a medical kit. The chapters on bacterial, viral, parasitic, and multiple microbial infections review tests and laboratory procedures and give detailed information on diseases. Symptoms and treatments are listed for conditions including typhoid, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, and many more exotic diseases. In case prevention measures fail, a chapter called "Post-Travel Considerations" covers what to tell your doctor and whether screenings are needed for tuberculosis, malaria, or parasites. VERDICT Essential for international travelers.—Susanne Caro, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421403809
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
05/24/2012
Series:
A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book , #1
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.27(d)

Meet the Author

Charles E. Davis, M.D., a specialist in microbiology and infectious diseases, is professor emeritus of pathology and medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and director emeritus of microbiology at the UCSD medical center.

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