After You Return
Returning from travel abroad:
After routine travel for short amounts of time, a medical examination is usually not necessary. However, in certain circumstances, it is advisable to be seen by your physician. These include the following:
- Persons who suffer from chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and/or liver disease should consult their physician for a medical examination.
- Persons who have fever, diarrhea, vomiting, jaundice, urinary problems, skin or genital infections, or flu-like symptoms shortly after returning from travel should have a medical examination immediately.
- After visiting a malaria-risk area, persons who develop a fever, flu-like symptoms, or become ill while traveling or within a year after returning home, should see a physician immediately for medical care.
- Having a medical examination after a long stay abroad is advised. While certain diseases do not develop immediately after travel, some may appear within a few weeks. Anyone who becomes ill after returning from extended travel abroad should contact his/her physician immediately.
There is always the possibility that a person who has been traveling has contracted an unusual disease - some with symptoms that do not become evident until many months following exposure (i.e., malaria). Consult your physician for more information.
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