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Trend Analysis of Travel Medicine Topics Presented at an International Tropical Medicine Conference

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  • 1 Bangkok Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand;
  • | 2 School of Medicine, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland;
  • | 3 School of Medicine, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
  • | 4 Department of Clinical Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
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ABSTRACT.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a rapid increase in international travel. Travel medicine is a branch of preventive medicine focusing on risk assessment pre-travel, during travel and post-travel with the aim of promoting health and preventing adverse health outcomes. Travel medicine specialists inform travelers about potential health risks and mitigate infectious disease risks such as travelers’ diarrhea, yellow fever, and malaria. Travel medicine topics were popular in the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene conferences between 2016 and 2020, and now comprise approximately 2% of all presentations. Most topics related to the post-travel assessment (50%), followed by diseases contracted during travel (26%), and pre-travel assessment and consultation (24%). Our analysis of the 10 sub-domains of travel medicine issues found that malaria (26%) and immunization (12%) were represented to the greatest extent. We anticipate that both travel and tropical medicine fields will regain their popularity after recovery from the pandemic.

Author Notes

Address correspondence to Watcharapong Piyaphanee, Department of Clinical Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10400, Thailand. E-mail: watcharapong.piy@mahidol.ac.th

Authors’ addresses: Punyisa Asawapaithulsert, Bangkok Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, E-mail: punyisa@thaitravelclinic.com. Gerard T. Flaherty, School of Medicine, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland, and School of Medicine, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, E-mail: gerard.flaherty@nuigalway.ie. Watcharapong Piyaphanee, Department of Clinical Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, E-mail: watcharapong.piy@mahidol.ac.th.

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