When people who travel around the world for work were polled about their top travel health concerns, 35% of those surveyed said the most serious health threat facing travelers is not being able to access quality care if you fall ill or get injured. Taking steps to prepare for a health emergency while traveling abroad before you set off for your destination can help you avoid this risk.
Step 1: Pre-trip preparations
When planning your trip, you should find out if there are active disease outbreaks at your destination. Currently there are ongoing outbreaks of a number of different diseases, including:
- Zika virus in the Caribbean (including Cuba), Central and South America, Mexico, South Pacific (including Fiji), Asia (including popular destinations Indonesia, Malaysia, the Maldives, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam), and Africa
- Measles in Europe, including Greece, Italy, England, France, Serbia, Romania, Ukraine, as well as in Indonesia and the Philippines
- MERS in the Arabian Peninsula
- Polio in some countries in Africa and in Syria
- Malaria and listeriosis in South Africa
- A large yellow fever outbreak in Brazil
For a complete list of countries facing disease outbreaks, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) website. The CDC also has destination-specific pages that outline potential health concerns in 246 countries.
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