Itchy critters: preparing volunteer travelers for head lice infestation

Bauer, Irmgard (2019) Itchy critters: preparing volunteer travelers for head lice infestation. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, 32. 101455.

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Abstract

[Extract] Dear Editor,

A previous TMAID publication highlighted the spread of ectoparasites in confined conditions [1], a situation that often also applies to short and long-term travellers, including volunteers. One of the most unpleasant tasks of a volunteer sending organization involves premature re-call. While accidents or illness are not entirely preventable, the re-call of volunteers who suddenly cannot cope being away from family or pets, dislike local food or living arrangements, experience a clash between imagined and actual reality, or believe that the whole plan was a bad idea after all, create not only avoidable costs to and ill will from the agency. Such events damage guest-host relationships at a personal and organizational level, leaving the host community bewildered and disappointed.

Item ID: 60989
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1873-0442
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2019 23:49
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1108 Medical Microbiology > 110803 Medical Parasitology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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