Most common diseases among travelers

During these days, medical experts in Tenerife to attend the XII of Update in Infectious Diseases, which this year are intended to “update knowledge” on imported infectious diseases, according to the hospital.

Diseases and symptoms such as fever, gastroenteritis and skin lesions are the most common diseases among travelers returning, according to medical experts who gather these days at the University Hospital Our Lady of Candelaria (HUNSC) in Tenerife.

Experts in epidemiology, internal medicine, intensive care medicine, tropical diseases, hospital pharmacy and microbiology clarified during the conference imported infectious diseases are those that “without originating or frequent in the archipelago, have been detected and treated in travelers return “.

The opening ceremony of the conference took place today and was attended by the director of HUNSC, Mercedes Cueto, chief of Epidemiology and Prevention Service of the Directorate General of Public Health of the Canary Islands, Sunday Nunez and coordinator of the conference, Marcelino Hayek.

According to the press release, all agreed that the increase of migration flows has affected the transmission of these diseases but thanks to scientific advances is possible to monitor and control networks.

Mercedes Cueto has stressed that Canary has traditionally been a port to three continents and currently the economic structure of the island revolves around tourism, so it has been noted that Canary is not without encountering infectious diseases “circulating” until they are detected.

Sunday Nunez has stated that between 2000 and 2012, pleaded to the Epidemiological Surveillance Canaria network a total of 195 cases of “imported malaria” or malaria.

He has also said that in the last 6 years there have been 10 cases of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease, and 20 cases of Chagas disease, all made out of the autonomous region.

According to the organizer of the conference, Marcelino Hayek, 80 million people pass annually from industrialized areas in developing countries, where “proliferating communicable infectious diseases” primarily by insects, contaminated food or water.
“The fever, diarrhea and skin disorders are the most common diseases that occur after the movement and in their place of origin”, said Hayek.

So, has said that it is important to know the “sanitary recommendations” of the place you are traveling and know precisely the circuit or tour conducted to aid diagnosis.

The conference will be held over this week and will include a total of 13 papers on the approach to these diseases, highlighting issues such as the importance of vaccination in foreign travel or identification forms of these diseases.