Travel Health & Infectious Disease

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Scarlet Fever- symptoms, causes & treatment

Scarlet Fever- symptoms, causes & treatment What is Scarlet Fever? Scarlet Fever was once a very common illness, and used to be a major cause of death in childhood. With improvements in living conditions and hygiene, as well as the availability of antibiotics, it’s now much less frequent and is easily treatable if it [...]

Glandular Fever- the facts about the “kissing disease”

Glandular Fever- the key facts about the "kissing disease"     What is Glandular Fever? Glandular Fever (also known as Infectious Mononucleosis) is a viral illness caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus (or EBV for short). EBV belongs to the Herpes family. Other Herpes viruses cause familiar infections such as cold sores, genital herpes and [...]

Whooping cough- why it’s dangerous and who should be vaccinated

Whooping cough- why it's serious and who should be vaccinated     What is whooping cough? Whooping cough is a highly contagious lung infection caused by the bacteria Bordetella Pertussis. It is common, and can have serious complications, particularly in smaller babies for whom it can be life-threatening. Cases have been steadily rising [...]

The Measles Outbreak- what do I need to know as a parent?

The Measles Outbreak: What Do I Need to Know as a Parent? What is Measles? Measles is caused by an extremely contagious virus (contagious means that it spreads quickly from person to person). It was very common indeed prior to the introduction of immunisation as part of the MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) [...]

Confused about meningitis vaccines for kids?- know the facts

What is Meningitis? Meningitis strikes fear into the hearts of parents, and rightly so- it’s a medical emergency that can rapidly become life-threatening. Meningitis occurs when viruses or bacteria infect the fluid and outer membranes of the brain and spinal cord.  Symptoms may include fever, irritability, headache, vomiting, neck stiffness and sensitivity to light. [...]

Altitude Sickness: symptoms & treatment

Altitude sickness is most common at 3500 metres above sea level or higher. It  happens because the body hasn’t adapted to the height.  Often, this just results in mild symptoms that improve with rest and time, as the body acclimatises.  But in some cases, it can cause life-threatening problems. Factors leading to altitude sickness: [...]