Avoiding Respiratory illnesses while travelling

Over the past decade the world has seen a number of specific illnesses which have moved very rapidly from the initial location to a distant country within a matter of days due to the ease of international travel and the lack of specific symptoms in the first few days of an illness.

This was particularly evident with SARS in 2003 and more recently with the emerging problems associated with what is referred to as ‘Avian Influenza’ (H5N1). The current outbreak of Swine Influenza (H1N1) appears to have moved into a human to human pattern and cases have been confirmed in a number of countries where travellers have returned home from their time in Mexico.

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