Health Advice for International Travelers

  • Robert P. SmithJr.
  • James A. WolffJr.


Nearly 20 million Americans embark on international travel each year. Five million of these travelers visit undeveloped areas of the world with unfamiliar health hazards. Numerous vacationers participate in adventurous travel involving back-country treks, rafting trips, or natural-history tours that often result in exposure to food-, water-, or insect-borne infections. Unfortunately, many of these travelers are poorly prepared for the particular health risks common to these areas. For example, fewer than half of American travelers to malarious areas use appropriate malaria prophylaxis.1 As a result, imported malaria and other infectious diseases of travelers have increased dramatically in the past decade.


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert P. SmithJr.
    • 1
  • James A. WolffJr.
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MedicineDartmouth-Hitchcock Medical CenterHanoverUSA
  2. 2.Management Sciences for HealthBostonUSA

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