travel illnesses

Persons who travel frequently are up to 50% likely to have a travel-related disease. Although most illnesses associated with travel are minor, some severe diseases are endemic like cerebral malaria disease in some parts of the world. Every traveler should be ready for the journey and be aware of health issues and health safety initiatives.

It’s all fun to travel and to play before you catch an annoying disease. Learn what is threatening you and how to safeguard yourself before you jet off. The worst of all is to get sick on your trip. The most widespread problems are here and how to avoid them.

1. Tetanus

While Tetanus is the kind of disease, you can suffer anywhere, in India and Central African countries, the largest number of recorded cases is present. For a good reason, Tetanus is also called lockjaw — it affects your nervous system and spasms and seizures your muscles.

However, the positive thing is that the vaccine is available. As long as every ten years you get your booster. Five people even die per year in the United States from Tetanus, but even though you don’t plan on traveling soon, it’s worth having a jab.

2. Typhoid

Please don’t ask me why, but I still considered typhoid to sound genuinely tragic and dark. It is actually because of the salmonella bacteria, which will spread if you eat food or water contaminated by an infected person’s feces. In India and areas of Asia and Africa, and South America, this is more often contracted.

Typhoid can unexpectedly strike you but then slowly evolves — you get a fever, and you may become delirious after about a week. This is not fatal, and the vaccine is relatively effective in the vast majority of cases.

3. Dengue Fever

Once you learn that dengue fever has been labeled as break-bone fever or Bonecrusher fever, it is something that you want to avoid—a migraine, muscle, and joint pains, along with an unsightly rash, cause the initial fever worse.

In tropical regions and parts of Africa, dengue fever is most often present. The fact that it exists even in more developed tropics such as Singapore or Taiwan is a little scarier. Mosquitoes transmit this disease, and no commercial antidote is available, so wear a repellent and net to prevent being bitten.

4. Hepatitis

The distinct types of hepatitis running through the alphabet, but travelers must concern about types A and B.

  • Hepatitis A occurs and is a nasty liver virus in developing countries such as India, Mexico, Latin America, and Africa. Fever, fatigue, and jaundice are symptoms lasting a week to several months. Still, they are not fatal and mostly caused by contaminated foods and drink or close contact with individuals affected.
  • In similar areas, including the Middle East and some Pacific Islands, Hep A’s big bad brother Hepatitis B will lead to hundreds of liver damage, cirrhosis of the liver, and liver cancer. Fortunately, it is much more challenging to catch since it is typically spread by blood, regular needles, and body fluids. 

5. Malaria

This is one of the most dangerous diseases to deal with on family vacations (and one of the most common travel illnesses). Many medications must be taken before, after, and during the stay, and some may have adverse side effects. 

You can acquire malaria from a mosquito bite, so it is necessary to protect these nasties with medicine. Symptoms such as fever and anything close to flu are typically not fatal, but it can be. Scientists are still working on a malaria vaccine, and it will be a great advantage to travelers if they found it.

By Anurag Rathod

Anurag Rathod is an Editor of, who is passionate for app-based startup solutions and on-demand business ideas. He believes in spreading tech trends. He is an avid reader and loves thinking out of the box to promote new technologies.