There are nasty and potentially deadly travel diseases one can contract while traveling abroad or even the United States. Every once in a while people are bitten by the travel bug. But no matter where they travel, they are at risk of being bitten by much deadlier bugs.
We have listed eighteen travel diseases that you can catch on your next trip. Especially if you haven’t gotten all your childhood shots and are not planning to get any new ones, it is safer to stay home. The rest of them can make a note and be ready with all the necessary precautions. There is no reason to cancel your trip.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that commonly occurs anywhere there are animals, particularly rodents. It is contracted through contact with infected soil, food, water or other urine-covered items.
Symptoms of leptospirosis include muscle pain and headaches, diarrhea, vomiting, skin rash, and jaundice. A severe infection can lead to meningitis, kidney failure, and lung ailments.
Leptospirosis can be contracted from swimming in contaminated lakes and reservoirs. In cities, infections commonly spread through food and water. The risk of infection is higher if you have open cuts or wounds. Remember to wash your hands periodically.