Current Infectious Disease Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 600–611 | Cite as

Central Nervous System Infections in Travelers



International travelers commonly contract infections while abroad, many of which are primary neurological diseases or have potential neurological sequelae. The implications of these neuroinfectious diseases extend beyond the individual, since returning travelers may contribute to the spread of infection in novel areas. In this review, we discuss signs, symptoms, treatments, and prophylaxes for these infections, as well as emerging trends with regard to neuroinfectious diseases of the returning traveler.


Travel Central nervous system infection Encephalitis Meningitis Malaria Dengue Chikungunya Rabies Sleeping sickness 


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Hannah Kirsch, Kiran T Thakur, and Gretchen Birbeck declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyJohns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Department of NeurologyUniversity of Rochester School of MedicineRochesterUSA

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