These are the 9 most common diseases on vacation

17 Jun 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

These are the 9 most common diseases on vacation

Anyone who sometimes makes a long journey will sooner or later have to deal with it: you will get sick. Whether it's the food, the hygiene, the bite of a mosquito, drinking tap water, traveler diseases can be very annoying. But what are the most common diseases on vacation? Zoover sorted it out. © Offered by Zoover Traveler's diarrhea

Traveler's diarrhea

Traveler's diarrhea has the dubious honor to be at the top of the list of most common holiday diseases. In India it is known as "Delhi belly" and in Egypt they call it "the curse of the pharaoh". Diarrhea is almost always the result of eating contaminated or unhealthy food or drinking tap water in countries where this is unwise. Diarrhea is usually over after three to five days. In the meantime, drink plenty of water and use ORS, these are tablets that replenish the salts and sugars in your body. In most cases, diarrhea is not at all serious, but it is uncomfortable if you have to sit on the bus or plane for hours.

Bladder Inflammation

Bladder infection is especially common among female travelers. The inflammation of the mucous membrane of the bladder leads to pain when urinating. There are often two major causes for cystitis: either you have had too little to drink or you have hung over the toilet. A bladder infection usually resolves itself. Only go to the doctor if you see blood in your urine, if you get a fever or if it lasts longer than three days.

© Offered by Zoover especially for places where hygiene leaves something to be desired. The most common symptoms are fever, a general lack of energy, headache and diarrhea. You can prevent contamination by not eating raw or reheated food and not drinking tap water during your vacation. It is possible to get vaccinated against typhoid fever.

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Hepatitis A

This is one of the most common virus infections among travelers. Hepatitis A is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver, especially in areas where hygiene is poor. The virus is often transmitted via raw food or contaminated drinking water. You can be sick for half a year. There is a vaccine against Hepatitis A. If you repeat the vaccination after one year, you are protected against this disease for at least twenty years.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a very serious and infectious infection of the liver that is usually transmitted through saliva, sexual contact or contaminated blood. A medical intervention in countries with poor facilities and little regard for hygiene is a clear risk. Symptoms: nausea, vomiting and fever. It is certainly advisable to get vaccinated. After three jabs you are protected for life.

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Airway infection

Nothing more annoying than sleeping with the air conditioning on and having a cold the next day. A cold is a sign that the immune system has failed to stop a germ. The result: sitting on the beach in Thailand with a sore throat or runny nose. Nutrition has a great effect on your immune system and eating lots of fruit and vegetables gives a boost! Be careful with unpeeled fruit, otherwise you risk travelers disease number 1. Are you considering a trip to Thailand? Hotel Khao Lak Laguna Resort gets an average rating of 9.7. Holiday maker Ivo Eyskens is very enthusiastic and even gives the hotel a big 10! 'Super hotel. We slept in the main building and had a very spacious room. Breakfast was fine and plenty of it. I can certainly recommend this hotel. "

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Dengue or dengue fever is transmitted by mosquitoes, care so for sufficient protection. You can get a fever, rash and headache from Dengue, but the symptoms are usually not very serious. There is no vaccination against dengue fever.


Malaria is found in more than 100 countries and is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. There is no vaccine against malaria, but you can take tablets - which you have to start before you leave - to prevent infection. For example, if you go on holiday to South Africa or Mexico, it is wise to take measures. Wear body-covering clothing and use DEET to prevent mosquito bites. The symptoms are fever, headache, muscle aches and chills.

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You can catch Cholera in places where hygiene is below par. Therefore, be careful with food, prefer not to eat raw meat, uncooked vegetables or seafood. There is a vaccination against cholera, but it works poorly and has many side effects.