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Traveling and Health



Should you see a doctor when you return ?


If you were healthy during your trip and you feel well when you return home, you probably do not need to see a doctor.
If you were sick with a fever or severe flu-like illness while traveling, see your doctor when you get home. Also, if you get sick with a fever or severe flu-like illness for up to one year after coming home, see your doctor. Tell your doctor the places you visited and whether you think you may have gotten a disease. Many diseases do not show up right away, and some can take weeks or months to develop. Many travelers who get malaria don't have symptoms until they get home.

Other symptoms to watch for after you come back home include:
  • Diarrhea that lasts a long time or that keeps coming back.
  • A skin rash or sores on the skin.
  • Jaundice. (Do the whites of your eyes look yellow?)
  • Losing weight without trying, or feeling tired and worn out.


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