Travel, Typhoid Fever and Prevention

In 1891 the death rate in Chicago from Typhoid fever (Salmonella enterica serovar typhi) was 174/100,000 persons--the highest ever! Potable water, better sanitation, careful food preparation and hand-washing have just about relegated this disease to history in the United States. However, between 1999 and 2006 there were 1,902 cases reported to the Centers for Disease…

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Venous Thromboembolism Risk Twice as High in Non-travelers.

Travel-related venous thromboembolism (VTE) following long-haul flights has recently attracted significant public attention. Results of a new meta-analysis of 14 studies showed travelers have a significant elevation in risk that increases with the duration of the trip. The pooled relative risk for VTE across all the studies was 2.0 (p>0.001) compared to non-travelers. When duration of…

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