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Illness in travelers visiting friends and relatives: a review of the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network.
Clin Infect Dis 2006; 43(9):1185-93CI

Abstract

Travelers returning to their country of origin to visit friends and relatives (VFRs) have increased risk of travel-related health problems. We examined GeoSentinel data to compare travel characteristics and illnesses acquired by 3 groups of travelers to low-income countries: VFRs who had originally been immigrants (immigrant VFRs), VFRs who had not originally been immigrants (traveler VFRs), and tourist travelers. Immigrant VFRs were predominantly male, had a higher mean age, and disproportionately required treatment as inpatients. Only 16% of immigrant VFRs sought pretravel medical advice. Proportionately more immigrant VFRs visited sub-Saharan Africa and traveled for >30 days, whereas tourist travelers more often traveled to Asia. Systemic febrile illnesses (including malaria), nondiarrheal intestinal parasitic infections, respiratory syndromes, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted diseases were more commonly diagnosed among immigrant VFRs, whereas acute diarrhea was comparatively less frequent. Immigrant VFRs and traveler VFRs had different demographic characteristics and types of travel-related illnesses. A greater proportion of immigrant VFRs presented with serious, potentially preventable travel-related illnesses than did tourist travelers.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Centre for Clinical Research Excellence, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, 3052, Australia. karin.leder@med.monash.edu.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17029140

Citation

Leder, Karin, et al. "Illness in Travelers Visiting Friends and Relatives: a Review of the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network." Clinical Infectious Diseases : an Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, vol. 43, no. 9, 2006, pp. 1185-93.
Leder K, Tong S, Weld L, et al. Illness in travelers visiting friends and relatives: a review of the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network. Clin Infect Dis. 2006;43(9):1185-93.
Leder, K., Tong, S., Weld, L., Kain, K. C., Wilder-Smith, A., von Sonnenburg, F., ... Torresi, J. (2006). Illness in travelers visiting friends and relatives: a review of the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network. Clinical Infectious Diseases : an Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 43(9), pp. 1185-93.
Leder K, et al. Illness in Travelers Visiting Friends and Relatives: a Review of the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network. Clin Infect Dis. 2006 Nov 1;43(9):1185-93. PubMed PMID: 17029140.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Illness in travelers visiting friends and relatives: a review of the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network. AU - Leder,Karin, AU - Tong,Steven, AU - Weld,Leisa, AU - Kain,Kevin C, AU - Wilder-Smith,Annelies, AU - von Sonnenburg,Frank, AU - Black,Jim, AU - Brown,Graham V, AU - Torresi,Joseph, AU - ,, Y1 - 2006/09/26/ PY - 2006/03/19/received PY - 2006/06/15/accepted PY - 2006/10/10/pubmed PY - 2006/10/19/medline PY - 2006/10/10/entrez SP - 1185 EP - 93 JF - Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America JO - Clin. Infect. Dis. VL - 43 IS - 9 N2 - Travelers returning to their country of origin to visit friends and relatives (VFRs) have increased risk of travel-related health problems. We examined GeoSentinel data to compare travel characteristics and illnesses acquired by 3 groups of travelers to low-income countries: VFRs who had originally been immigrants (immigrant VFRs), VFRs who had not originally been immigrants (traveler VFRs), and tourist travelers. Immigrant VFRs were predominantly male, had a higher mean age, and disproportionately required treatment as inpatients. Only 16% of immigrant VFRs sought pretravel medical advice. Proportionately more immigrant VFRs visited sub-Saharan Africa and traveled for >30 days, whereas tourist travelers more often traveled to Asia. Systemic febrile illnesses (including malaria), nondiarrheal intestinal parasitic infections, respiratory syndromes, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted diseases were more commonly diagnosed among immigrant VFRs, whereas acute diarrhea was comparatively less frequent. Immigrant VFRs and traveler VFRs had different demographic characteristics and types of travel-related illnesses. A greater proportion of immigrant VFRs presented with serious, potentially preventable travel-related illnesses than did tourist travelers. SN - 1537-6591 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17029140/full_citation L2 - https://academic.oup.com/cid/article-lookup/doi/10.1086/507893 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -