Protect Yourself From Travel-Related Illness at the World Cup in South Africa

BlazerCast for June 8, 2010: Travelers to the upcoming World Cup soccer matches in South Africa should take special precautions to avoid catching communicable and preventable diseases during the planet's largest single-sport mass gathering, says the head of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Travelers' Clinic. In a new study published in the June issue of American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, UAB's David O. Freedman, M.D., a preeminent travel-medicine physician, and colleagues say visitors traveling to South Africa need to worry less about tropical diseases such as malaria and concentrate instead on protecting themselves from more common travel-related illnesses - such as acute diarrhea, sexually transmitted diseases, insect and tick bites, and vaccine-preventable infections, especially influenza and measles. Follow us on Twitter: Become a fan of BlazerCast on Facebook: