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For those traveling abroad

Final update date October 9, 2019

Infectious diseases to be noted when traveling abroad

There are many infectious diseases that are rarely found or are not well known in Japan and are at high risk of infection overseas.
With the increase in overseas travelers, the number of people with infectious diseases overseas is increasing. Before traveling abroad, learn the correct knowledge of how to prevent infectious diseases and the status of outbreaks in each region in advance, and spend a safe and enjoyable time.

        A video of a fun overseas trip to watch out for infectious diseases

1.Before traveling…

2.General precautions when traveling abroad

Depending on the behavior at the destination, there are various possible infectious diseases, but the general precautions are as follows.

The most common is food and water-borne digestive infections. Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (O157, etc.), hepatitis A, cholera, bacterial dysentery, intestinal efs and paratiphs.

  • Avoid raw water, boil and drink water or drink mineral water. Beware of iced juices and watery sake.
  • Avoid raw vegetables, cut fruits, raw seafood and meat.
  • Avoid freshly squeezed milk, ice cream, yogurt, etc.
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants to avoid exposing your skin.
  • Use insect repellent and mosquito repellent.
  • When you go to bed, use kaya.

For more information, see this page. → "About mosquito-borne infectious diseases,"

Dogs, monkeys, dentures (rats, etc.) and birds can have various pathogens such as rabies and bird flu.

  • Don't approach or touch animals unnecessarily.

There may be parasites on the waterside such as rivers, lakes and swamps.

  • Avoid walking barefoot or entering water in endemic areas.

The pathogen enters the body by touching the mouth, nose, eyes, etc. with a hand with a pathogen.

  • Let's wash our hands frequently. In particular, hand washing before meals and after toilets is important.

3.After returning home,…

We offer health consultations at airports and port quarantine stations. If you feel unwell at the time of entry, please consult us.
Also, depending on the infectious disease, even if there is no problem when returning to Japan, you may become ill after a while.
In that case, please contact the destination, stay period, contact with animals, etc. in advance, perform cough etiquette (wearing a mask, etc.) sufficiently, and consult a medical institution.

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