- Authors: Marc Mendelson, Xiaohong M. Davis, Mogens Jensenius, Jay S. Keystone, Frank von Sonnenburg, Devon C. Hale, Gerd-Dieter Burchard, Vanessa Field, Peter Vincent, David O. Freedman for the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network
View Affiliations Hide AffiliationsAffiliations: 1 Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia; Oslo University Hospital Ullevål and University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway; Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Section of International Medicine and Public Health, Department of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, University of Munich, Munich, Germany; Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah; University Hospital Hamburg Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany; InterHealth and National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC), London, United Kingdom; Tokai Medicross Travel Clinic, Cape Town, South Africa; WC Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
- Publisher: The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
- Source: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Volume 82, Issue 6, Jun 2010, p. 991 - 995
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.2010.10-0198
f Health Risks in Travelers to South Africa: The GeoSentinel Experience and Implications for the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Using the GeoSentinel database, an analysis of ill patients returning from throughout sub-Saharan Africa over a 13-year period was performed. Systemic febrile illness, dermatologic, and acute diarrheal illness were the most common syndromic groupings, whereas spotted fever group rickettsiosis was the most common individual diagnosis for travelers to South Africa. In contrast to the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, only six cases of malaria were documented in South Africa travelers. Vaccine-preventable diseases, typhoid, hepatitis A, and potential rabies exposures were uncommon in South Africa travelers. Pre-travel advice for the travelers to the 2010 World Cup should be individualized according to these findings.
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