08 May 2003
Citation style for this article: Lawrence J. New edition of International Travel and Health from WHO, 2003. Euro Surveill. 2003;7(19):pii=2228. Available online: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=2228
Date of submission:
New edition of International Travel and Health from WHO, 2003
Jo Lawrence (Joanne.Lawrence@hpa.org.uk),
Health Protection Agency Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, London,
The 2003 edition of the World Health Organization (WHO)
publication International Travel and Health
, has now been published.
It is available online at
, or can be ordered from http://bookorders.who.int
This is the first revision of the 2002 edition that was completely redesigned
in order to reflect better knowledge about the risks to which travellers
are exposed and the precautions needed to protect their health. The new
edition continues to provide up to date information about health risks that
may be encountered at specific destinations and focuses on different types
of travel from business travel to leisure travel and adventure tours. It
also highlights the health aspects of air travel, environmental health risks
and provides comprehensive guidance on the prevention of mosquito bites
(1). The disease maps have been updated to reflect changes in disease prevalence
as well as the information on malaria prevention. The book concludes with
a country-by-country list of the vaccinations required under the International
Health Regulations, together with the malaria endemic areas and suggested
chemoprophylaxis for every country and territory in the world.
The book (and accompanying website) is compiled by WHO experts in conjunction
with a panel of international travel medicine practitioners. Some guidance
may differ slightly from national guidelines, with which the book can be
used in conjunction.
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