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Submitted: 2015-06-17
Accepted: 2015-06-17
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Fever of unknown origin in returning travellers

Krzysztof Korzeniewski, Bartłomiej Gaweł, Dagny Krankowska, Katarzyna Wasilczuk
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2015.0019
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Pubmed: 26119676
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International Maritime Health 2015;66(2):77-83.

open access

Vol 66, No 2 (2015)
TROPICAL MEDICINE Review articles
Published online: 2015-06-17
Submitted: 2015-06-17
Accepted: 2015-06-17

Abstract

The aim of the article is to discuss issues associated with the occurrence of febrile illnesses in leisure and business travellers, with a particular emphasis on fevers of unknown origin (FUO). FUO, apart from diarrhoeas, respiratory tract infections and skin lesions, are one of the most common health problems in travellers to tropical and subtropical countries. FUO are manifestations of various diseases, typically of infectious or invasive aetiology. In one out of 3 cases, the cause of a fever in travellers returning from the hot climate zone is malaria, and therefore diagnostic tests should first aim at ruling out this specific disease entity. Other illnesses with persistent fever include dengue, enteric fever, viral hepatitis A, bacterial diarrhoeas and rickettsioses. Fever may also occur in travellers suffering from diseases of non-tropical origin, e.g. cosmopolitan respiratory tract or urinary tract infections, also, fever may coexist with other illnesses or injuries (skin rashes, bites, burns).

Abstract

The aim of the article is to discuss issues associated with the occurrence of febrile illnesses in leisure and business travellers, with a particular emphasis on fevers of unknown origin (FUO). FUO, apart from diarrhoeas, respiratory tract infections and skin lesions, are one of the most common health problems in travellers to tropical and subtropical countries. FUO are manifestations of various diseases, typically of infectious or invasive aetiology. In one out of 3 cases, the cause of a fever in travellers returning from the hot climate zone is malaria, and therefore diagnostic tests should first aim at ruling out this specific disease entity. Other illnesses with persistent fever include dengue, enteric fever, viral hepatitis A, bacterial diarrhoeas and rickettsioses. Fever may also occur in travellers suffering from diseases of non-tropical origin, e.g. cosmopolitan respiratory tract or urinary tract infections, also, fever may coexist with other illnesses or injuries (skin rashes, bites, burns).

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Keywords

fever of unknown origin, travellers, tropics

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Title

Fever of unknown origin in returning travellers

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 66, No 2 (2015)

Pages

77-83

Published online

2015-06-17

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2015.0019

Pubmed

26119676

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2015;66(2):77-83.

Keywords

fever of unknown origin
travellers
tropics

Authors

Krzysztof Korzeniewski
Bartłomiej Gaweł
Dagny Krankowska
Katarzyna Wasilczuk

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