As we move into August, everyone wants to get in a summer vacation before Labor Day. There’s no better way to bring your vacation to a screeching halt than an encounter with an infectious disease, which is unfortunately a likely occurrence.
In summer 2015, nearly 200 million Americans are planning a vacation – almost 85 percent of American are planning at least a one week getaway. According to the New York Times, traveler’s diarrhea is the most common health problem a traveler encounters, but there are others lurking as well.
Going on a cruise? You’ve probably read the stories about what happens when the notorious norovirus comes along for the ride. But norovirus isn’t just for cruise ships anymore – it’s now causing problems on tour buses. In August 2014, a survey of bus drivers in Yellowstone National Park showed that five buses were carrying passengers who had diarrhea or vomiting — both symptoms of norovirus.
Going on a plane? Hopefully you won’t be as unlucky as Samuel L. Jackson who encountered numerous Snakes on a Plane; however, you will most definitely come across Pathogens on a Plane.With recirculating air and forced close proximity, airplanes have a bad reputation as hotbeds of disease. (more…)