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Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 2007 Dec;5(6):1031-48.

Antimicrobial prevention and therapy for travelers' infection.

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  • 1University of Brescia, Unit for Tropical and Imported Diseases, Spedali Civili General Hospital, Piazza Spedali Civili, 1 25123 Brescia, Italy. castelli@med.unibs.it


International journeys are increasing and more than 70 million people from industrialized countries cross the borders of tropical countries every year. More than 50% of them will suffer from some form of infectious illness, ranging from mild travelers' diarrhea to severe dengue fever to fatal malaria, with a wide spectrum of microbiological entities. Travel-related respiratory infections, including TB, and sexually transmitted infections are also increasingly reported. Awareness of travel-related risk is not always adequate among international travelers. Specific training on travel medicine-related issues, as well as better diagnostic facilities for imported diseases, is crucial for physicians and nurses in industrialized countries.

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