Study shows changes in travel-related illnesses

Malaria morbidity decreased but cases of dengue, enteric fever and rabies increased.

Researchers examined data from more than 42,000 sick travellers at 18 sentinel sites including Australasia, noting the proportion of ill tourists had declined while there was an increase in the proportion of ill people who were visiting friends and relatives and who might not take precautions.

The most common destinations among sick travellers were sub-Saharan Africa (26%), Southeast Asia (17%), south-central Asia (15%) and South America (10%).