Travel/Tropical Medicine and Pandemic Considerations for the Global Surgeon

Christian Sandrock, Shahid R. Aziz

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International travel goes hand in hand with medical delivery to underserved communities. The global health care worker can be exposed to a wide range of infectious diseases during their global experiences. A pretravel risk assessment visit and all appropriate vaccinations and education must be performed. Universal practices of water safety, food safety, and insect avoidance will prevent most travel-related infections and complications. Region-specific vaccinations will further reduce illness risk. An understanding of common travel-related illness signs and symptoms is helpful. Emerging pathogens that can cause a pandemic should be understood to avoid health care worker infection and spread.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020


  • Encephalitis
  • Food-borne illness
  • Pandemic
  • Preparation for global surgery
  • Public health
  • Tick-borne illness
  • Travel medicine
  • Tropical medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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