The Eight Most Common Travel Related Illnesses


  • Travellers’ diarrhoea is the most common illness affecting travellers
  • It occurs in up to 60% of travellers


  • Hepatitis A is one of the most common travel-related vaccine preventable diseases and is endemic in many developing countries
  • There are around 1.5 million cases of hepatitis A globally each year


  • One third of the global population – two billion people – have been infected with Hepatitis B5 It is one of the world’s most prevalent diseases
  • An estimated 600,000 people die every year from the consequences of the disease
  • It is 50-100 times more infectious than HIV


  • Malaria kills an estimated one million people globally each year
  • The UK is one of the biggest importers of malaria in Europe
  • Between 1999-2008 on average 1,800 people every year returned to the UK with malaria
  • Malaria is preventable, but can be fatal if left untreated


  • There has been a dramatic increase in the incidence of the disease in the last 10 years with an estimated 50 million cases worldwide every year


  • More than 3 billion people are at risk of contracting rabies in at least 85 countries worldwide
  • More than 55,000 people die of rabies each year, with around 95% of deaths occurring in Asia and Africa
  • Once the signs and symptoms of rabies start to appear, there is no treatment and the disease is almost always fatal.


  • There are more than 21 million cases of typhoid globally each year, a high proportion of which occur in Asia, Africa and South America
  • Each year an estimated 200,000 deaths occur globally from the disease


  • Every second someone somewhere in the world is infected with TB
  • One third of the world’s population is infected with the disease
  • About 1.6 million deaths occurred in 2005

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