19 Diseases You Can Get While Traveling

The 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil shined a giant spotlight on the many dangerous diseases that we can contract while traveling. Thankfully, most can be prevented, which is why it’s important to know before you go! While the whole Zika Beetlejuice head-shrinking thing may sound cool in theory, it isn’t something I’d want to live with. Here are 19 diseases to watch out for when you’re on the road:

Malaria

Zika’s mosquito-loving grandfather is a still a serious threat in many parts of the world. Those fevers and chills can linger with us for years and even lead to death. The good news is that its preventable with the help of some fun pharmaceuticals that may cause hallucinations.

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Intestinal Parasites

No, these aren’t the kind of pets you want to take home from vacation. That is, unless you enjoy mucus and blood in your feces. The good news is parasites can be cured. The bad news is they’ll ruin your vacation. Prevent intestinal parasites by not eating like Andrew Zimmern…

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Dengue Fever

Yet another mosquito-borne illness. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pain, rash, and vomiting to name a few. Even more fun? There’s no proven treatment other than time. You can try to prevent it though, by using bug spray when traveling in tropical areas.

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