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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