After You Return
After You Return:
Have you returned from your exotic trip and brought home more than just memories and photos? Here are some guidelines on what to do if you have post-travel health concerns:
If you have just returned from a tropical country and feel unwell:
- If you have a fever or feel unwell and have traveled in a Malaria zone, you should seek immediate medical attention. Be sure to inform your health care provider that you have travelled in a Malaria zone. (See the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Malaria link.)
Malaria is a medical emergency that requires blood testing to diagnose. You should get tested as soon as possible.
If you have been bitten, scratched, or in contact with a mammal’s saliva:
- You need to seek post exposure follow up for Rabies as soon as possible.
In BC, the BC Centre for Disease Control is responsible for post exposure Rabies follow-up.
If you have had persistent diarrhea since you’ve returned from your travels:
- Check with your family physician to see whether you need follow up.
- Contact Dr. Miguel Imperial, tropical medicine specialist, at www.tropicalmedicine.ca or 604-563-6622.
If you have non-emergency concerns regarding your health after returning from your trip:
- Contact your family physician. Depending on your symptoms, you may be referred to a tropical medicine specialist.