Dysentery: Don't Let it Ruin Your Time Abroad

Thursday, April 29, 2010 General News
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- MediCare International (http://www.medicare.co.uk) Policies CoverDysentery Cases

Most people have experienced some form of stomach infection at one pointin their lives, usually when they have been overseas in a new environment.The symptoms usually include diarrhoea; in its most extreme form this becomesDysentery - the after effects can last for several years.

Dysentery is a highly contagious bacterial infection, which is spread bypoor hygiene. It is usually spread by hand to mouth transfer from person toperson, or from surfaces which have been contaminated by an infected person.Outbreaks are more likely to occur in overcrowded areas where poor hygienepractices exist. Travellers and expatriates beware (http://www.medicare.co.uk/instantQuote/ind_Applicant.aspx?cover=1)! It's farmore likely to happen to those people travelling to new areas, particularlyLatin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Also, people are far more likelyto develop Dysentery in a new geographical area, not only because of poorhygiene but because of the lack of immunity.

Symptoms usually appear between six hours and three days after infection.They include watery diarrhoea, sometimes with blood and mucus. This isusually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever and generalmalaise.

To reduce the risk of developing Dysentery, travellers should observe thefollowing basic rules:

Usually, dysentery clears after a few days and no treatment is needed.However, it is important to replace any fluids that have been lost throughdiarrhoea.

If you're unfortunate enough to develop this condition, make sure yourest and drink plenty of fluids. Water, fruit juice and isotonic (sports)drinks that replace salts and minerals are best. Avoid contact with otherpeople until you have been symptom free for at least 48 hours. In severecases, antibiotic treatment or hospital admission for intravenous therapy isnecessary.

If you have amoebic dysentery, your GP may prescribe an antibiotic calledmetronidazole. As ever with medication, make sure you complete the prescribedcourse. After this treatment has finished, you should then take a course ofdiloxanide (a drug that kills the amoeba).

Since most cases of dysentery are short, antibiotics are only used if thedysentery does not clear up on its own. Antibiotics can also be used to stopthe spread of dysentery to other people if there is a high risk.

David Pryor, Senior Executive Director at Medicare International(http://www.medicare.co.uk) said: "Those moving abroad should be especiallycautious when visiting to larger cities with poor hygiene and should followall the preventative measures outlined above. If you are unlucky enough to bestruck down by this condition, despite following these guidelines, make sureyou drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. If the condition persists,ask for a doctor, as the condition may deteriorate without enough salts andfluid in the body. Travellers (http://www.medicare.co.uk/individualpolicies.htm) are particularly at risk astheir immunity is very low if they are visiting a new area. All of MedicareInternational's policies (http://www.medicare.co.uk/individualpolicies.htm)cover treatment costs relating to Dysentery and our 24 hour helpline is thereso you're always in safe hands should medical assistance be needed.Ourpriority is to look after the health of our policyholders and to avoid anyillness from getting any worse. A critical part of this is speed of responseand our helpline can respond rapidly, wherever you are in the world."

With over 25 years experience of supporting the international businesscommunity worldwide and clients from 86 nationalities in 114 countries,Medicare International - website http://www.medicare.co.uk - is a majorprovider of health insurance for expats across the world.

Note to Editors

MediCare International has been speaking fluent healthcare for over 25years ensuring simple, quick access to the best health facilities forexpatriates of all nationalities living or working abroad and protectionagainst the costs of inpatient and outpatient medical treatment. Currently,MediCare International has clients in 114 countries worldwide of 86 differentnationalities.

MediCare specialises in designing flexible medical insurance cover backedup with the assurance of 24-hour emergency medical assistance for clients andtheir families. Help, advice and support are only a telephone call away wheretrained professionals can authorise treatment/settle bills direct withmedical facilities, or arrange medical evacuation when necessary - whereveryou are in the world. Most medical bills are refunded within 10 days, makingthis one of the fastest settlement times in the industry.

MediCare International were one of the first insurers to offer genuinechronic care costs cover, so clients with long term medication costs can restassured knowing they will be covered.

Cover under group plans is also available to most local nationals.Discounted group rates start with just 3 lives and full medical historydisregarded exemptions are available on groups of 10 and over, makingMedicare one of the most competitive staff cover providers.

For details of MediCare's international health insurance plans visithttp://www.medicare.co.uk, email medicare@medicare.co.uk or call +44(0)20-7816-2033.LONDON, April 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Dysentery - Dysentery is a Common Problem for Expatriates Moving Abroad - Poor Sanitation is Often the Cause - Following a Few Simple Tips Can Avoid Serious Illness

SOURCE MediCare International

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