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ERIC Number: ED419645
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Wilderness Medicine: Considerations of Adventure Travel in Tropical Areas of Latin America.
Cochran, Brent
Adventure travel to Latin America requires careful planning, implementation, and followup to ensure safe, healthy experiences. This paper provides an overview of basic principles of prevention, assessment, and treatment of medical problems common to adventure travel in tropical areas. A brief introduction defines the vegetation and climatic challenges. A pretrip planning section discusses: (1) understanding the risks (disease, injury, limited medical care in developing countries); (2) medical research and resources on health care in tropical countries; (3) immunizations; (4) trip insurance; (5) trip logistical considerations; and (6) medical kits. A discussion of endemic tropical diseases and their treatments covers cholera, dengue fever, giardiasis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HIV, influenza, malaria, meningitis, rabies, tapeworms, travelers' diarrhea, typhoid fever, and yellow fever. A section on principles of safe foreign travel discusses food; water; insects; environmental emergencies (such as shellfish reactions, altitude sickness, diving injuries, dehydration); hygiene; posttrip followup; and the importance of skilled and experienced leadership. Appendixes include travel medicine terminology, an endemic diseases chart, water disinfection procedures, medical kit supplies, general principles of safe foreign travel, and sources on wilderness and travel medicine. (Contains 22 general references and other specific categorical references.) (SAS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A