Travel Health - Topic Overview
What if you get sick while you are traveling?
you become seriously ill while traveling, your country's embassy or consulate
can help you find medical care. If you become ill with a fever or flu-like
illness while traveling in malaria-risk areas, get medical help right
Diarrhea is the most common illness to strike travelers. Most cases of traveler's diarrhea get
better in 1 to 3 days without treatment. But see a doctor if diarrhea lasts
longer than 7 days, or if you have a high
fever, blood or mucus in your diarrhea, or signs of dehydration.
Should you see a doctor when you return?
were healthy during your trip and you feel well when you return home, you
probably don't need to see a doctor.
See your doctor when you get home if either of the following occurs:
- You were sick with a
fever or severe flu-like illness while traveling.
- You develop these symptoms within 6 months of coming home.
Tell your doctor the places you
visited and whether you think you may have gotten a disease. Many diseases don't show up right away. And some can take weeks or months to develop.
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