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February 2, 2004

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Healthy Travel

Rachel Briggs and Najibullah Habib

International travel is one of the clearest manifestations of globalisation at work. However, whilst the benefits of easier and cheaper access to more distant destinations are huge, travel does not come without risks. Conservative estimates indicate that between 30 and 50% of travellers become ill or injured while travelling, and a number of communicable diseases have been imported into the UK through the movement of people in recent years.

Healthy Travel shows that much more work needs to be done in order to better communicate the health risks inherent in international travel. While advocating the benefits of increasing mobility, it shows that there is a need for more effective and targeted strategies in order to get information to people. Healthy Travel is required reading not only for the travel health specialists but for the travel industry, travel advice providers, the medical profession and employers.

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