Volume 77, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Increasingly, families travel to tropical destinations exposing them to infectious agents and tropical diseases not encountered at home. We studied 157 children (0–16 years) and their adult relatives traveling to the tropics, who attended a pretravel clinic and were generally adherent to prescribed advice. Incidence rates of common illness in children and adults were respectively 16.9 (14.3–19.7) and 15.1 (12.7–17.8) episodes/100 person-weeks. Diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever were the most frequent complaints. There was no significant difference in the incidence of morbid episodes between children and adults, except for fever (more frequent in children). Most episodes occurred in the first 10 days of travel. The similar incidence of morbidity in children and adults and the episodes’ mildness challenge the view that it is unwise to travel with small children.


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  • Received : 17 Feb 2007
  • Accepted : 13 Jun 2007

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