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Pre-travel advice concerning vector-borne diseases received by travelers prior to visiting Cuzco, Peru.
J Infect Public Health. 2016 Jul-Aug; 9(4):458-64.JI

Abstract

Peru is an increasingly popular tourist destination that poses a risk to travelers due to endemic vector-borne diseases (VBDs). The objective of our study was to determine which factors are associated with receiving pre-travel advice (PTA) for VBDs among travelers visiting Cuzco, Peru. A cross-sectional secondary analysis based on data from a survey among travelers departing Cuzco at Alejandro Velazco Astete International Airport during the period January-March 2012 was conducted. From the 1819 travelers included in the original study, 1717 were included in secondary data analysis. Of these participants, 42.2% received PTA and 2.9% were informed about vector-borne diseases, including yellow fever (1.8%), malaria (1.6%) and dengue fever (0.1%). Receiving information on VBDs was associated with visiting areas endemic to yellow fever and dengue fever in Peru. The only disease travelers received specific recommendations for before visiting an endemic area for was yellow fever. Only 1 in 30 tourists received information on VBD prevention; few of those who traveled to an endemic area were warned about specific risks for infectious diseases prior to their trip. These important findings show that most tourists who travel to Peru do not receive PTA for the prevention of infectious and VBD, which can affect not only the travelers but their countries of origin as well.

Authors+Show Affiliations

EAP Medicina Humana, Universidad Continental, Huancayo, Peru. Electronic address: christian.mejia.md@gmail.com.Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima, Peru.Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima, Peru.Universidad Ricardo Palma, Lima, Peru.Asociación Científica de Estudiantes de Medicina Humana de la Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco, Cusco, Peru.Public Health and Infection Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia; Organización Latinoamericana para el Fomento de la Investigación en Salud (OLFIS), Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia; Committee on Travel Medicine, Pan-American Infectious Diseases Association, Colombia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26751818

Citation

Mejia, Christian R., et al. "Pre-travel Advice Concerning Vector-borne Diseases Received By Travelers Prior to Visiting Cuzco, Peru." Journal of Infection and Public Health, vol. 9, no. 4, 2016, pp. 458-64.
Mejia CR, Centeno E, Cruz B, et al. Pre-travel advice concerning vector-borne diseases received by travelers prior to visiting Cuzco, Peru. J Infect Public Health. 2016;9(4):458-64.
Mejia, C. R., Centeno, E., Cruz, B., Cvetkovic-Vega, A., Delgado, E., & Rodriguez-Morales, A. J. (2016). Pre-travel advice concerning vector-borne diseases received by travelers prior to visiting Cuzco, Peru. Journal of Infection and Public Health, 9(4), 458-64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jiph.2015.11.017
Mejia CR, et al. Pre-travel Advice Concerning Vector-borne Diseases Received By Travelers Prior to Visiting Cuzco, Peru. J Infect Public Health. 2016 Jul-Aug;9(4):458-64. PubMed PMID: 26751818.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Pre-travel advice concerning vector-borne diseases received by travelers prior to visiting Cuzco, Peru. AU - Mejia,Christian R, AU - Centeno,Emperatriz, AU - Cruz,Briggitte, AU - Cvetkovic-Vega,Aleksandar, AU - Delgado,Edison, AU - Rodriguez-Morales,Alfonso J, Y1 - 2015/12/30/ PY - 2015/09/23/received PY - 2015/11/06/revised PY - 2015/11/10/accepted PY - 2016/1/12/entrez PY - 2016/1/12/pubmed PY - 2017/1/31/medline KW - Cuzco KW - Peru KW - Pre-travel advice KW - Travel medicine KW - Vector borne diseases SP - 458 EP - 64 JF - Journal of infection and public health JO - J Infect Public Health VL - 9 IS - 4 N2 - Peru is an increasingly popular tourist destination that poses a risk to travelers due to endemic vector-borne diseases (VBDs). The objective of our study was to determine which factors are associated with receiving pre-travel advice (PTA) for VBDs among travelers visiting Cuzco, Peru. A cross-sectional secondary analysis based on data from a survey among travelers departing Cuzco at Alejandro Velazco Astete International Airport during the period January-March 2012 was conducted. From the 1819 travelers included in the original study, 1717 were included in secondary data analysis. Of these participants, 42.2% received PTA and 2.9% were informed about vector-borne diseases, including yellow fever (1.8%), malaria (1.6%) and dengue fever (0.1%). Receiving information on VBDs was associated with visiting areas endemic to yellow fever and dengue fever in Peru. The only disease travelers received specific recommendations for before visiting an endemic area for was yellow fever. Only 1 in 30 tourists received information on VBD prevention; few of those who traveled to an endemic area were warned about specific risks for infectious diseases prior to their trip. These important findings show that most tourists who travel to Peru do not receive PTA for the prevention of infectious and VBD, which can affect not only the travelers but their countries of origin as well. SN - 1876-035X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26751818/Pre_travel_advice_concerning_vector_borne_diseases_received_by_travelers_prior_to_visiting_Cuzco_Peru_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1876-0341(15)00219-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -