Travel and public health

J Infect Public Health. 2008;1(2):72-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jiph.2008.10.005. Epub 2008 Nov 26.


Increasing international travel and migration can interfere with public health in both the country of destination and back home. The revised International Health Regulations (IHR) and travel disease sentinel networks are means to protect public and individual health. Public health risks related to infectious disease are higher in mass gatherings, in travellers visiting friends and relatives and in sexual encounters away from home. In contrast, in-flight transmission of infections plays only a limited role.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Communicable Disease Control / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Communicable Disease Control / methods*
  • Communicable Diseases / transmission*
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Interinstitutional Relations
  • Internationality / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Pandemics / prevention & control
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Public Health Practice
  • Travel*