A young hardworking couple, they were more than ready to take a vacation . . . especially after all the stress that COVID had put on their lives. Overseas travel beckoned.

They weren’t alone. According to AAA, international trips are on the rise this year —up more than 200 percent compared to 2022.

“Travelers are making up for lost time and willing to spend more to see the world,” said Paula Twidale, Senior Vice President of Travel at AAA.

But that doesn’t mean that caution should be thrown to the wind especially when it comes to food safety. Quite the

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The CDC’s 2018 edition of it’sHealth Information for International Travel” guide is now available and accessible for free online.

Often referred to simply as the “Yellow Book” for it’s yellow cover, the updated edition is also available in hard copy through online booksellers and Oxford University Press.

To access the online version of the CDC's 2018 edition of the "Yellow Book," please click on the image.
To access the online version of the CDC’s 2018 edition of the “Yellow Book,” please click on the image.

The guide’s new edition features revisions, new sections, updated health recommendations for travelers, and a more user-friendly layout, according to a news release from the Centers for Disease
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The United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency (HPA) Tuesday revealed the top five countries where travelers from England, Wales and Northern Ireland are most likely to acquire gastrointestinal infection following their visit: Egypt, India, Thailand, Pakistan, and Morocco.
 
According to the report, half of the 24,322 laboratory confirmed cases of gastrointestinal infection reported in those who had recently traveled abroad between 2004 and 2008 were caused by Salmonella. The report also tracked reports of Campylobacter and Shigella and organisms such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium.

In the agency’s release, HPA travel expert Dr. Jane Jones noted that travelers can take

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Whether you are escaping blistering heat or just trying to find some, summer months are the most popular time of year for international travel. Each foreign destination presents unique food and health dangers, however, and there are general safety guidelines that should be taken into account before embarking on any journey.

The most common infectious diseases contracted by travelers can be prevented through vaccination prior to departure. Depending on the region you are traveling to, there are a number of different vaccines recommended. If you are heading off to Western Europe there are no additional vaccines needed besides the standard
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year 10 million persons, or between twenty and fifty percent of international travelers, become ill with diarrhea.  Travelers’ diarrhea is the most common illness affecting international travelers.

street-food-cambodia-feature.jpgAmerican citizens who travel to such destinations as Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia are more likely to become ill with travelers’ diarrhea, which usually occurs within the first week of travel but may occur subsequently or even after a person returns home.  Although attack rates are similar for men and women and high-risk individuals become ill more than healthy

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