Emerging infectious diseases and risk to the traveler

Med Clin North Am. 1999 Jul;83(4):865-83, v.

Abstract

This article examines the relationship between travel and emerging infections. The authors begin with an overview of disease emergence and follow with a brief infection-by-infection examination of selected emerging pathogens of particular relevance to travelers and the medical care providers who counsel them. Emphasis is given to those agents that clearly have emerged as significant new or increased risk to travelers; or are of sufficiently new interest, even in the face of inadequate data in travelers, to be of potential immediate concern. The authors also discuss several novel pathogens, such as Ebola virus, that are clearly of insignificant or minimal risk to travelers, but are the subject of frequent questions from patients requesting pre-travel advice from medical providers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Infections / etiology*
  • Population Surveillance
  • Risk Factors
  • Travel*