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Bug bites becoming an illness concern for travelers
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Vacations are meant to be a time for relaxation and comfort, but no matter where you decide to travel it’s important to consider the risks of contacting an illness.
According to certain travel health teams, a lot of the symptoms that people contract are very common.
“Some sickness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea... that sort of thing,” says Dr. Patrick Kunkler.
Lately, it seems as if bug bites have come into the picture as mosquitoes have started to affect travelers.
“There’s a lot of dengue going around which is similar to the Zika, only you feel worse, and people can die from that,” says Dr. Kunkler.
In order to reduce the risks of any kind of travel related illness, the travel team says to consider your destination and itinerary.
These concerns can also be taken care of with precautions and advanced vaccinations.
When it comes to traveling outside the United Stated, the typhoid protection is strongly recommended, along with a vaccine against Hepatitis A. Both can be developed from bacteria or bad food.
The type of insect repellent used also makes a difference from not only mosquito related illnesses, but other insects as well.
“If you go to Central or South America, sometimes you can get bot flies. They worm under your skin and you have to remove those,” says Kunkler.