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The intimacy of life aboard a cruise ship may foster romance, but it can also aid the spread of bacteria like Shigella and Giardia, which cause intestinal upsets, and Ligonella, which sometimes causes pneumonia (and which killed a cruise passenger in 1994).

While U.S., Canadian, British and Australian authorities develop an international inspection program, passengers anxious about the health of their vessel can look up its last U.S. inspection date and sanitation score (86 is a pass) on the Centers for Disease Control Website at www.cdc.gov The CDC performs twice - yearly checks on all ships docking in the U.S.

CDC Travelers' and Immunizations Info - Provides current health information for international travel. Pick a country and learn what you need before you go. Site is run by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - contains up-to-date info on health risks facing the travelers. You can search data by disease to find which nations pose a risk and related immunization info. In addition to a list of comprehensive vaccination requirements the site also offers advice on prevention, information for travelers with special needs (such as disabilities, pregnancy, breast feeding and HIV), how to avoid illness from food or water and more.

World Health Organisation (WHO) - Info from the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

From World Health Organization - Tropical Diseases - Neglected tropical diseases are a symptom of poverty and disadvantage. Those most affected are the poorest populations often living in remote, rural areas, urban slums or in conflict zones. With little political voice, neglected tropical diseases have a low profile and status in public health priorities.

Health Information for Canadian Travellers - Info from Canadien Society For international Health. The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) is a national non-governmental organization that works domestically and internationally to reduce global health inequities and strengthen health systems.

ITC Travel Health Info - Health care info and links from Medical College of Winsconsin. The Medical College of Wisconsin Office of Clinical Informatics has been involved with a number of initiatives designed to bring timely, relevant health information to consumers.

Travel Health: DVT or Deep Vein Trombosis -  No matter where you like to vacation or what activities you enjoy, the fact remains you have to get there and back. For many, this could mean long hours in a cramped plane, car or train. With this comes the risk of blood clots. DVT, or deep vein thrombosis, is a blood clot that can develop when sitting for an extended period of time. The condition is serious, potentially fatal and very difficult to diagnose by external examination. 

Purchase of international health insurance is highly recommended. Many health insurance policies are not valid outside the USA or Canada. Proper insurance can be a life and death matter. We recommend, check your policy to see if you’re covered overseas by your regular health insurance policy. Whether you choose to get insurance or not, all travellers should join International Association for Medical Assitance to Travellers (IAMAT), a non-profit organization dedicated to the gathering and dissemination of health information worldwide for the benefit of travellers and to assist them to find qualified medical care overseas.

IAMAT offers its members a membership card, a directory of English speaking physicians who have agreed to treat members for a set fee schedule, and frequently updated publications on immunizations, malaria and other tropical diseases, and more. Membership is free to any traveller, but donations are appreciated. Check the phone book for a local IAMAT office.
AIRLINES - NO-PEANUT ZONE - A single person can stop a whole flight from getting peanuts as their mid-trip snack. A recent order by the federal Department of  Transportation requires airlines to provide a peanut-free zone for passengers who give advance notice that they are allergic to peanuts. Allergic reactions - suffered by one-tenth of one percent of the population - inspired this policy to protect passengers for whom even a whiff of peanuts causes distress (itchy eyes) or protect passengers for whom even a whiff of peanuts causes distress (itchy eyes) or danger (trouble breathing). The bad news for those with allergies is that peanut "residue" can exist in stale airplane air for up to 5,000 flying hours. Snacks aren't the only thing being kept off planes. Cigarettes, of course, haven't been allowed on U.S. domestic flights for years, but you won't find alcohol on Kuwait Air or Royal Jordanian, because Arabs generally don't drink.

Medical / Health Sciences Libraries on the Web
International Society of  Travel Medicine
Pan American Health Organization
National Institutes Of Health U.S.
International Federation of Red Cross
Chronic Disease Prevention
The Travel Clinic
 Prevent Bites from mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other insects and arthropods
Health-Information-International-Travel-2008 - "For decades doctors have relied on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 'Yellow Book' to tell travelers things like which malaria pill to take for that trip to Mozambique. Now the CDC is letting everyone in on the fun. For the first time, the book, properly known as Health Information for International Travel, is available to the public. This more user-friendly edition may prove helpful both to primary-care doctors and to travelers themselves. Included are up-to-date recommendations on vaccines and advice on avoiding travel hazards from earthquakes to dog bites." - U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Jet Smarter - This book can save your health, and maybe even your life. There are dangers in air travel -- some obvious, many hidden. Jet Smarter is a comprehensive book on the hazards (poor air, radiation, pesticides, terrorism, deep vein thrombosis) and hassles (sardine seating, dirty blankets, cheap food, blocked ears, lost luggage, lost sleep) of air travel today. Drawing on her 10 million miles of flying, air safety pioneer Diana Fairechild gives readers a rare, no-holds - barred look at the multiple dangers of air travel (deep vein thrombosis, recycled air, air rage, fear of flying, toxins, etc.) and offers dozens of practical strategies for safe, efficient and  healthy flying.

Shitting Pretty: How to Stay Clean and Healthy While Traveling (Travelers' Tales) -  Dr. Jane Wilson Howarth takes a humorous,sympathetic approach to one of the most basic human activities, interweaving anecdotes from fellow travelers with sensible tips and techniques for how to avoid diarrhea, parasites, and scary diseases such as malaria, typhoid, and hepatitis

Staying Healthy in Asia, Africa, and Latin America by Dirk G. Schroeder - The best "carry with you" travel health book. Dehydration is bad. Typhoid is bad. And fungal infections are no fun either. But the solution doesn't have to be staying at home behind triple locks.

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