Health issues of Travellers

Bauer, I. (2011) Health issues of Travellers. In: Nriagu, Jerome, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Environmental Health. Elsevier, pp. 34-42.

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Abstract

The natural environment is one of the tourism's most important attractions. Although much has been discussed in relation to tourism's mainly negative impacts, environmental hazards for tourists are still severely underresearched. Paradoxically, precisely what attracts visitors can also cause them great harm. Environmental health risks cover a wide spectrum. Physical hazards include changes in barometric pressure or temperature. Volcanoes, earthquakes, or avalanches are part of a range of geological hazards. Biological health risks concentrate on the contact with animals or plants. Some incidents happen due to unforeseeable accidents. On the other hand, unfortunately, a large proportion of injuries and deaths are caused by people's ignorance and carelessness. Being in a holiday mood or influenced by alcohol or drugs may result in a misjudgment of risks. There is an urgent need for more and detailed research so that pretravel advice to tourists can be updated, and modifications at the destinations protect tourist and locals alike.

Item ID: 22485
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
Keywords: animal bite; avalanche; barometric pressure; climate change; drowning; earthquake; environmental hazard; frostbite; high altitude; hot springs; hyperthermia; hypothermia; pollution; rabies; risk behavior; scuba diving; sunburn; travel health; volcanoes
ISBN: 978-0-444-52272-6
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2012 01:20
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0599 Other Environmental Sciences > 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961099 Natural Hazards not elsewhere classified @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 50%
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