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Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Dec 1;51(11):1298-305. doi: 10.1086/657115. Epub 2010 Nov 1.

Health care workers and researchers traveling to developing-world clinical settings: disease transmission risk and mitigation.

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Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland 20814, USA.


With the recent emphasis on funding and training opportunities for global health and humanitarian aid and the increased interest in the field, many health care workers and medical researchers are traveling from resource-replete to resource-limited settings. This type of travel brings unique disease risks not routinely considered for the business or vacationing traveler. This review provides practical advice for this special population of travelers, targeted to specific health care-related risks (needlestick, hemorrhagic fever viruses, severe viral respiratory disease, and tuberculosis), with suggestions for risk mitigation.

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