This is present in most of the countries of Southeast Asia.
It is a viral disease transmitted by mosquito and causes severe
headaches and body pains. Complicated types of dengue known
as haemorrhagic fevers occur throughout Asia but usually in
persons who have caught the disease a second time. Thus, although
it is a very serious type it is aught by visitors. There is
no treatment, you must just avoid mosquito bites.
that rabies is endemic in many Southeast Asian countries.
If you are bitten Rabies by a domestic or wild animal, do
not leave things to chance. Scrub the wound with soap and
water and/or disinfectant, try to have the animal captured
(within limits) or at least determine its ownership where
possible, and seek medical assistance at once of treatment
depends on whether you have already been satisfactorily vaccinated
against rabies. If you have (and this is worthwhile it you
are spending ' rime in developing countries) then some further
doses of vaccine are all that Human diploid cell vaccine is
the best, but expensive. other, older kinds of vaccine such
as that derived from duck embryos may be the only types available.
These are effective, much cheaper and interchangeable generally
with the -rived types. If not already vaccinated then anti-rabies
serum (immunoglobulin) may be required in addition It is wise
to finish the course of treatment whether animal survives
you return home
On returning home ,remember to take anti malaria tablets for
6 weeks. If you have had attack diarrhoea, it is worth having
a stool specimen tested in case you have picked up amoebic
dysentery. If you have been living rough, a blood test my
also be worthwhile to detect worms and other parasites.
Pantes, Tiria and truelove , Adrienne (1984) Travelling with
children to Indonesia and south east Asia, hale & Iremonger
: Sydney . wheeler, Maureen travel with children lonely planet
haw some , Australia.
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