Travel medicine: profiling an emerging specialty

Leggat, Peter A. (2003) Travel medicine: profiling an emerging specialty. ADF Health, 4 (2). pp. 72-77.

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Abstract

Travel medicine is a new multidisciplinary specialty catering for an increasing number of travellers worldwide. It is an integral part of military medicine. Travel medicine specialists provide pre-travel health advice, chemoprophylaxis against travel-related diseases, traveller’s medical kits, and post-travel assessments and eradication treatment for various travel-related diseases. They also liaise with public health authorities on possible imported disease risks. Vector-borne diseases, in particular malaria and the arboviruses, stand out as major concerns for military deployments, but common problems, such as travellers’ diarrhoea and respiratory tract infection, also need to be addressed. Travel and aviation medicine have many linkages, especially in terms of fitness to fly and dealing with problems that may arise in travellers due to physiological and psychological stresses of travel. Increasingly, the discipline of refugee and migrant medicine is also being included in the specialty area of travel medicine.

Item ID: 5699
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: aviation medicine; malaria; migrant medicine; travel health advice; travel medicine; vector-borne diseases
ISSN: 1443-1033
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2009 02:19
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920404 Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response) @ 100%
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