Covering more than 2 million square metres, the Amazon Rainforest is a natural gem, which has been attracting intrepid visitors for decades. While tourists are likely to enjoy a once in a lifetime experience in the stunning mystical rainforests of the Amazon, there are significant dangers lurking in this part of the world and it’s always best to be prepared and to adopt safety measures in order to decrease the risk of travel accidents and illnesses.
What diseases can I catch in the Amazon Rainforest?
There is a high risk of travel illness in the Amazon and it is a good idea to seek advice from your doctor before planning your trip to find out which vaccinations you need and what you can do to reduce your risk of falling ill abroad. Here are some of the diseases you could catch when visiting the Amazon Rainforest:
- yellow fever
- dengue fever
- tegumentary leishmaniasis
- Oropouche virus
- traveller’s diarrhoea
Planning ahead for a safe trip
As the Amazon Rainforest is a dangerous destination, it is beneficial to plan ahead and make sure that you have the relevant immunisations, equipment and medical supplies. If you are travelling to the Amazon, you will need to make sure that your routine immunisations (vaccinations provided as part of the UK vaccination programme, which include MMR, tetanus, diphtheria and polio, for example) are up to date and book any other vaccinations you need. Yellow fever, hepatitis A and typhoid are recommended for travel to the Amazon and you should also take anti-malaria tablets.
Your GP or practice nurse will be able to advise you which vaccinations you need and when you need to have them; make sure you give plenty of notice, as some require courses of treatment, which span weeks or even months. It’s also advisable to take a comprehensive medical kit with you, which contains sterile dressings, bandages, antiseptic cream, plasters, insect repellent, sun cream, anti-sickness and diarrhoea medication and any prescribed medication. You will also need a good quality mosquito net.
In the event that you get injured abroad, check the details of your travel insurance policy and seek medical assistance. If you wish to claim travel accident compensation for travel injuries sustained in a holiday accident, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for expert no win, no fee* help.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice