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Travelers' Diarrhea Alert - Prevention and treatments

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Travelers' Diarrhea Alert - Prevention and treatments

Q: What is Travelers' Diarrhea? A: It's the most common disease that travelers get. You have a 50% chance of illness if staying in a lesser-developed country for more than one month. The diarrhea is typically non-bloody diarrhea. You may have a slight (or no) fever, stomach cramps and mild nausea.  The diarrhea can range from mild (a few episodes daily) to frequent and explosive. Bacteria cause 80—85% of travelers’ diarrhea, parasites about 10%, and viruses 5%. Toxin-producing E. coli is the most common bacterial culprit. Food and water precautions may help prevent travelers’ diarrhea.  You can pick up these germs from hard surface,e.g., doorknobs; Hand washing and...

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Options for Medical Evacuation

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Options for Medical Evacuation

Getting sick overseas can be expensive—Very Expensive. Let's say you have a heart attack while vacationing on a small island in the Caribbean, but the hospital can't put in a stent; or you need complex, major surgery after an accident. You'll need an air ambulance ASAP. Without a medical evacuation (Medevac) policy, you'll have to pay "up-front" thousands of dollars. For example, I had a client in my Travel Clinic who required emergency surgery in the Grenadines, but then had to be flown to Miami two days later for further treatment. The cost? $55,000! But he was lucky. He had purchased a...

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