Travel Medicine

CTH-logoPost Travel Consultation

Our practice has experience in travel related diseases and can evaluate the returning traveler with illness.  Most post travel illnesses can be managed in an outpatient setting such as ours.  Mild fevers, diarrhea, ski conditions or respiratory illnesses are the majority of illnesses in the returning traveler.

However, if you have been to a malaria area and have signs of malaria – a high fever (101.0 F or greater than 38.0 C), shaking chills, fatigue not associated with a sore throat or congestion you must be ruled out for malaria and the best place to go is to an Emergency Room for immediate treatment. 

For your appointment you will need to know or bring:

  • Your travel itinerary and the types of places you stayed (example: hostel, hotel, camp site)
  • Length of travel
  • Your Medical History
  • Any prescription medications or supplements
  • Prior vaccinations
  • Adventure activities that were done while on your trip (example: rafting, swimming)
  • Volunteering/working in a health care setting or with children
  • Exposure history (example: bites from mosquitoes or bodily fluids). At this time we are not offering Human Rabies Immunoglobulin (HRIG) for Rabies Post Exposure Treatment. We do carry Rabies vaccine for pre and post exposure treatment but it is very important to be evaluated and treated correctly initially. HRIG can be administered up to 7 days after the first rabies vaccine and is administered once.  http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/medical_care/hrig.html

If lab tests are needed most can be drawn and/or sent from our office to a specific laboratory.  Please be aware that although we do not take insurance the tests that are ordered can be billed to your insurance, however, some insurance will not cover travel related illness.  If that is the case we have a lab contract that can be billed under our practice in those instances.

If your symptoms warrant a specialist such as an Infectious Disease specialist we will refer you to the appropriate one if needed.