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    What diseases can I catch when travelling through South America?


    Travelling through South America is the holiday of choice for millions of people every year. There’s an endless array of sights, sounds and smells to experience. However, as with any adventure, there is also the threat of accidents and illnesses on holiday.

    What diseases am I most at risk of when travelling through South America?

    • Hepatitis A

    Typically transmitted through contaminated food or close personal contact, Hepatitis A is common in developing countries. Some of the places you will visit when travelling through South America will be particularly vulnerable to water-borne outbreaks.

    • Typhoid Fever

    Typhoid fever is caused by bacteria found in contaminated food and water. Food is typically contaminated by contact with the hands of carriers. At-risk food groups include shellfish, raw fruits and vegetables, milk and other dairy products. Outbreaks of typhoid fever happen all over the world but developing countries are particularly vulnerable.

    • Rabies

    Depending on where you visit when travelling through South America, you could be at risk from rabies. Rabies is usually transmitted via a bite or scratch from an infected animal.

    • Yellow Fever

    Spread by bites from infected mosquitoes, yellow fever is one of the most unpleasant holiday illnesses you can get. You won’t catch it for every destination, but if you’re travelling through South America, it will be a risk at some point.

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    How can I avoid holiday illnesses when travelling through South America?

    The easiest way to avoid illness when travelling through South America is to prepare.

    All of the diseases listed above have vaccinations that will guard you against infection. In addition, it’s important to make sure you are up to date with common childhood vaccinations, including:

    • Tetanus and Diphtheria
    • Whooping cough
    • Hepatitis B
    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)

    Getting these vaccinations in place before travelling is essential for guarding against illnesses on holiday. Some, like the rabies vaccination, are a course of jabs, so forward planning is important.

    Can I make a claim if I am taken ill on holiday?

    Depending on what caused your holiday illness, you may be due holiday illness compensation. A quick look at Accident Advice Helpline’s unique 30-second test will establish your eligibility to claim.

    You can also talk to our expert advisors over the phone. There is no obligation to continue with a claim so call for a consultation today. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.

    Date Published: May 6, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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