Most travelers return home in good
health with a few souvenirs and lasting memories. But if you've been ill,
especially while traveling to regions where disease is prevalent, or if you
develop symptoms after you return, you may have brought more than just
handicrafts home with you.
Many diseases do not show up right
away. Some take weeks to months to develop. For example, 90% of travelers who
get malaria do not become ill until after they return home.3 If you become ill with a fever or flu-like illness while
traveling or up to 6 months after returning home, see your doctor. Tell your
doctor the regions you visited and about any exposure to disease.
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The returned traveler should be aware of other symptoms besides a fever.
You should see your doctor if you have persistent or intermittent diarrhea, a
skin rash or sores,
jaundice (typically most noticeable when the whites of
the eyes appear yellow), unexplained weight loss, shortness of breath, or
If you have been healthy during your trip and feel well
when you return home, you probably don't need to see a doctor.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 30, 2011
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