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    Esther Rantzen

    What diseases can I catch when going to Central America?


    A trip to Central America can be the trip of a lifetime but it is worth being aware of the tropical diseases which are present in the area so that you can take the best precautionary measures and avoid having to make a claim for travel accident compensation.

    • Malaria
      There is no vaccination against malaria although you can take medication in the form of tablets if you know you are travelling in an infected area. The disease is spread by mosquito bites so prevention should take the shape of avoiding bites as much as possible.
    • Chikungunya
      This was first reported in El Salvador in 2014 and has spread throughout much of Central America. The spread is from mosquito bites and since there is currently no vaccine prevention is about avoiding mosquito bites.
    • Dengue Fever
      Dengue is a nasty virus transmitted from mosquito bites during the day and often in more built  up areas. There is no vaccine so avoiding mosquito bites is the only way of preventing contagion. You will suffer severe flu-like symptoms including headache, joint pain and fever. There are between 50 to 100 million cases of dengue fever reported worldwide each year making it one of the most common tropical diseases. When Dengue gets really nasty is if it develops to dengue haemorrhagic fever triggering bleeding from the nose and gums.
    • Chagas Disease
      This comes from contact with insects known as assassin or kissing bugs and is also known as American Trypanosomiasis. It is endemic in Mexico and Central American with between 8 to 11 million people being infected, mostly in poor areas. There is an acute stage and then the chronic phase lasts for the rest of your life.

    For most of these illnesses mosquito bite prevention is key. The suggested way to do this is to use repellent, long-sleeved clothing and sleeping under a mosquito net.

    If you suffer an injury while abroad you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a firm specialising in personal injury claims including slips, trips and falls and accidents on the road among other categories. Call our freephone number today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to a friendly advisor and see if you are eligible with no obligation to proceed. Our legal team works on a 100 per cent no win, no fee* basis so you have nothing to lose by giving it a try.

    Date Published: July 22, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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