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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What diseases can I catch when travelling through Asia?


    From Bangladesh, China and Japan to India, Malaysia or Vietnam and anywhere in between, travelling through Asia can expose travellers to infections and diseases of varying types and severity. Such diseases can be transmitted via airborne; waterborne, food borne or vector-borne (transmitted person to person) pathogens. Infectious diseases transmitted between species (animals to humans or vice versa) are often referred to as zoonotic diseases.

    Airborne pathogens

    Consisting of bacteria, fungi or viruses, airborne pathogens can be transmitted via sneezing or coughing; spraying of liquids, raising dust and similar activities. Airborne diseases found in Asia include tuberculosis and diarrhoea.

    Water-borne pathogens

    Typically caused by drinking; preparing and consuming food with or bathing and washing in contaminated water, water-borne diseases likely to be contracted in Asia include:

    • Hepatitis A
    • Typhoid Fever (may also be food-borne)
    • Cholera

    Vector-borne diseases

    Carried and transmitted by infected people, microorganisms or animals to other living organisms, vector-borne diseases include:

    • Meningitis
    • Schistosomiasis
    • Giardiasis

    Japanese B encephalitis and Dengue fever are both zoonotic illnesses, as, of course, is malaria.

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    Preventing illness

    Water and food-borne diseases on holiday can often be prevented by not drinking; washing or bathing in potentially contaminated local water and refraining from consuming unwashed raw foods (salads, fruit, etc.). Dining only in reputable restaurants where standards of food hygiene is likely to be high is also recommended.

    Getting ill

    There are times when contracting airborne, vector-borne and zoonotic, even water-borne or food-borne diseases in Asia cannot be prevented. Should you become ill on vacation and your illness could have been prevented, your illness (like injuries by preventable slips, trips and falls) could entitle you to personal injury compensation.

    The basics

    In essence, if you are infected in Asia with a disease that was caused by someone else’s negligence or mistake within the last three years, then like an injury by a slip, trip or fall, this illness makes you eligible to make a public liability claim. Your first step in claiming compensation is to find a skilled injury lawyer.

    Getting expert help

    You can get more information on how and when to claim for travel accident compensation (which also includes making claims after contracting travel diseases) and get the help of an experienced, highly skilled solicitor by making a freephone call to the renowned, highly recommended Accident Advice Helpline. This law firm’s legal team consists of lawyers with years of experience in handling travel illness and accident; slip, trip and fall; car and work accident and other personal injury claims. Call now on 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: July 22, 2015

    Author: SM Content

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