Epidemiology of Post-Travel Illnesses

Pamela Rendi-Wagner*, Eli Schwartz

*Corresponding author for this work

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International travel is becoming increasingly popular. Information on epidemiology of specific post-travel illnesses provides guidance for pretravel intervention strategies as well as differential diagnoses in ill returned travelers. Lack of surveillance data for imported infectious diseases prompted the establishment of large-scale travel-related sentinel surveillance networks. Various approaches to risk characterization in travel medicine research provide a wide spectrum of data, but also have considerable limitations. The chapter summarizes results of available systematic studies investigating the epidemiology of post-travel illness in ill returned in- and outpatients, including data on these large-scale surveillance systems. In addition, available methods and limitations of post-travel research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTropical Diseases in Travelers
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781405184410
StatePublished - 15 Jan 2010


  • Epidemiology
  • Gender
  • Hospitalization
  • Outpatient
  • Post-travel illness
  • Travel medicine


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