Thursday, 12 June 2014

Illness in Travelers Returning From Brazil: What to look out for

SPHPM's Karin Leder has co-authored a study which identifies potential health risks for travelers going to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. These events will attract participants and spectators from around the globe. The FIFA World Cup, to be held from 12 June through 14 July 2014 in 12 cities, is expected to draw an estimated 600 000 international tourists and 3 million domestic travelers. The Brazil Olympic Games, which will take place mainly in Rio de Janeiro, will be held 5–21 August 2016, followed by the summer Paralympics, 7–18 September.

Brazil is a large country with abundant natural resources and varied terrain, including the Amazon basin and tropical rain forests. Although the sports events will be held at specific venues, travelers to these events may also visit other parts of Brazil.

According to the study, the most common travel-related illnesses from Brazil were dermatologic conditions (40%), diarrheal syndromes (25%), and febrile systemic illness (19%). Dengue and malaria, predominantly Plasmodium vivax, were the most frequently identified as specific causes of fever and the most common reasons for hospitalization after travel.

Click here to read the full study. 

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