Travel Health & Infectious Disease

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In this section we look at a wide range of health issues that affect travellers- from common illnesses such as Traveller’s Diarrhoea to tropical diseases, travel immunisations and other issues such as Jet Lag.

The Coronavirus- what we know so far

Coronavirus- what we know so far What is Coronavirus? The coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can affect animals and humans. In humans, coronaviruses most commonly lead to minor illnesses such as the Common Cold. Occasionally, animal coronaviruses develop into forms that can infect humans, leading to illnesses like SARS [...]

What is Bali Belly?

What is Bali Belly? causes prevention treatment What causes Bali Belly? Bali Belly is also known as “Traveller’s Diarrhoea” It comes from eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water You get watery diarrhoea, and sometimes vomiting, fever, bloating or tummy cramps. It usually lasts between 1 [...]

Traveller’s Diarrhoea- causes, symptoms & treatment

Traveller's Diarrhoea- causes, symptoms & treatment What is Traveller’s Diarrhoea? Diarrhoea is 3 or more loose bowel motions per 24 hours. Traveller’s Diarrhoea is Gastroenteritis (“gastro”) that develops shortly after or during travel abroad. It can range from a tummy upset for a day or two, with mild diarrhoea, [...]

What is Measles and why is it serious?

Measles- what causes it and why is it serious? spread symptoms complications vaccine What is Measles? Measles is a viral infection, that causes a distinctive rash and fever. It’s highly contagious and can lead to serious complications including death.  While it’s become much less common in Australia due [...]