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The Swiss feel generally safe

How do I not prepare myself on a tropical trip, so that I end up following in your practice?
Danielle Gyurech: This of course depends primarily on the Destination that you want to travel. In some countries it is enough if you comply to certain rules for a reason, in the case of many tropical destinations, preventive measures are recommended or even compulsory. The most important thing is that you are informed at all, and as early as possible and dealt with the topic, because you have to take some vaccines and drugs before the trip.

How these basic rules, though, for tropical travel?
Who does not want to spend a part of his journey in the vicinity of the toilet bowl, I eat and Drink well to keep to the principle of "Cook it, boil it, peel it or forget it". And even if it sounds banal, you should not forget to always take plenty of clean fluids. Extremely it is also important that you protect yourself with mosquito nets, appropriate clothing and mosquito repellent products in the best way possible from mosquito bites. Malaria, Dengue and Chikungunya are transmitted by mosquitoes, and a prior vaccination is not possible. Malaria occurs in almost all tropical countries, and according to estimates by the world health organization (WHO) calls annually in 660'000 deaths. In addition to the most complete mosquito repellent medications come with Malaria, a prescription, which, depending on the risk in a preventive or in case of emergency, taken.

How informed are the Swiss in matters of travel medicine?
To put it, Swiss-neutral, I say time, it could be better.

there Is no interest in it, to obtain the necessary medical information?
in My opinion there are several factors that work together here. Generally speaking, we travel, in many cases, the lack of well-prepared – not only in terms of medical care. Countless booking channels and the low prices allow everyone to book at short notice a trip – the preparation and medical care are, so to speak, to the victims of the spontaneity. In the case of Online bookings, the medical prevention usually plays no role, or at most in the small print. I also note that Swiss can feel generally safe and to be feared, that the desire to travel gets lost, if you gain too much Knowledge about any diseases. Not least, it is a fundamental Problem of prevention. If you don't know something, you no Worry. The Chance that I wear a Bicycle helmet, for example, is also greater when I am already once overthrown.

"a Little more initiative wouldn't hurt."Travel doctor Danielle Gyurech

Which groups are particularly at risk?
We treat a striking, often young adults. I suspect that in this situation, safety is at the top of the need list. This population group has a rule time is very spontaneous and has perhaps a bit less money. This you do not want to spend First for medical care. It is easier to say: "happened to Me nothing" – in around 80-90 percent of the cases, you can survive the trip, Yes indeed, even without any major complications. In terms of travel activities, the Swiss also 10-20 per cent, but a high value. And tropical diseases during or after the trip can be not only dangerous, but can quickly get very expensive.

How could the Problem of lack of preparation, in your opinion, to tackle?
a Little more initiative wouldn't hurt. Everyone can pages on overview and safe vorinformieren and, where necessary, specialists Rate. At the same time I would like travel providers to sensitize their customers increasingly in advance for the topic. In particular, in the case of online bookings, the important notes are missing me. I am aware that Vaccination, diarrhea and side effects no attractive topics, in order to awaken the desire to travel, it is not just about ourselves. As travelers, we must also take our responsibility to our hosts – when we exporting diseases to countries with poor medical care, can be devastating.

you Can read on the basis of the Impfverhaltens also travel trends?
breaks out When, as recently in Brazil of yellow fever, you realize that in the short term. The Zika Virus caused a lot of media attention and additional requests with Travel professionals. In principle, tropical diseases are a global Problem that occurs not only seasonally.

treat is not only preventive, but also imported tropical diseases. With what diseases you will face currently, most of the time?
Interestingly, a clear Trend has been for some time apparent that more tropical diseases such as Dengue and Chikungunya in Switzerland are imported. Especially affected are travellers who have spent their vacation in South-East Asia and Brazil.

Why is this clustering?
I think that here we see the effects of climate change. So the months of December and January were, for example, in the case of southern Thailand as the best travel months with little rain and mosquitoes. But the fact is that it has rained in the last few years, also in December, regularly, and the travelers were unprepared to be confronted with more mosquitoes. Because many of the destinations in Southeast Asia are popular with Swiss people very much, we felt the and reported increased of Dengue and Chikungunya cases.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 17.05.2019, 17:56 PM

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