12 November 2010
One in every 100 ill travellers has a vaccine-preventable disease (VPD), according to international surveillance data covering a 10-year period.
The study was the largest single analysis of travel illness data available, the authors said, with Australia having one of the higher rates of VPD based on information collected about 37,000 returned travellers by the international GeoSentinel Surveillance Network.
Younger age, being male, lack of pre-travel advice and travelling to South-Central Asia were all independently associated with VPDs which were diagnosed on the travellers' return home.
Travellers born or living in Italy, Japan and Australia were found to be at increased risk, the authors said.
Three of the 580 patients diagnosed with a VPD died – one each due to rabies, pneumococcal meningitis and infection with Salmonella typhi (typhoid).
Last Reviewed: 12 November 2010