You’re travelling on a 13 hour train trip across India.

You’ve just boarded and managed to get a seat. You’ve got your book or your ipod and you’re sorted. Then… oh NO!…. your bowels have become loose!
There are minimal station stops and the toilet consists of a hole in the floor of the carriage – the train tracks zooming past underneath you… and no toilet paper.
I don’t need to paint the picture any more than that suffice to say that it will probably remain the worst train trip of your life.

Travellers Diarrhoea – one of the most common health problems for travellers.

Some 30% of sufferers are confined to bed, and a further 40% are forced to change their travel plans.

Symptoms – Travellers Diarrhoea is defined as greater than or equal to 3 loose bowel motions (stools) within 8 hours or greater than or equal to 4 within 24 hours…plus 1 of:
· Nausea
· Vomiting
· Abdominal cramps
· Mild fever

How is it spread?
The disease is caused by micro-organisms (bacteria, viruses and parasites) that damage the gut.
It is spread by consuming contaminated food and water.
By touching food with unclean hands.

When eating and drinking, WORLDWISE apply the adage:

“COOK IT, PEEL IT, BOIL IT OR AVOID IT”

Be sensible with your eating and drinking whilst travelling to at risk areas.

· Drink bottled, filtered, purified and carbonated water. If buying bottled water, make sure that
the bottle is properly sealed. Remember to wash you teeth with this safe drinking water
· Choose raw fruit and vegetables that you can peel yourself
· Wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizer before eating
· Foods should be thoroughly cooked and served piping hot

UNSAFE FOODS:
· Those cooked early in the day and served at room temperature
· Salads, raw vegetables, cold buffets
· Tap water, ice cubes, ice blocks
· Poorly or uncooked seafood and meat
· Food prepared with unpasteurized milk eg: ice cream

WORLDWISE stock a variety of travel medical kits, including the ‘Gastro Pack’ that includes appropriate prophylactic antibiotics– Designed to treat Traveller’s Diarrhoea.
We also stock a range of water purification products.
Please contact us if you would like more information on these products.

Check out our Facebook photo album dedicated to ‘Food and Water encounters’ whilst travelling

Avoid ice cubes in your drinks – you never know where it has come from and how it’s been handled
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July 21, 2010

WORLDWISE 2010 TRAVEL MEDICINE CONFERENCE PROVES SUCCESSFUL!

WORLDWISE Travellers Health Centres, NZ,  recently held a successful Travel Medicine Conference for Health Professionals in Christchurch.

These educational events have been presented annually by WORLDWISE, for the last 12 years and are the longest ongoing regular open travel health meetings in Australasia. More than 70 Health Professionals from around New Zealand attended this year’s conference to update and gain knowledge of safe practice in the delivery of health care to intending travellers.

Key Speakers included: Prof Peter Leggat, Dr Deborah Mills from Australia, Dr Michael Moreton from Thailand and Assoc Prof Marc Shaw from New Zealand.

Doctor Deborah Mills, Medical Director for The Travel Doctor – Brisbane, contributed a wealth of information on ‘Women and Children travellers’, Risk assessmentof travellers, advice on travel health and vaccinations travelling to Bhutan, an update on the Australian prep, and pep guidelines for Rabies, and finally on Mosquito borne diseases in the north of Australia.

Professor Peter Leggat, Head of School of Public Health, Tropical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, applied his considerable expertise and research knowledge to the current Travel Medicine, Mosquito prevention measures, gastro problems for travellers and Anti-malarial management.

Dr Michael Moreton from Bangkok Hospital in Thailand added an interesting expatriate perspective and experiences of working in Asia, dealing with expatriates, and essentials of travel for health tourism.

Assoc Prof Marc Shaw, WORLDWISE Travellers Health Centres NZ infused his personal experiences and research into his presentations on The terrors of Travel, the safety and security of travellers, a Cholera vaccine update,  First Aid travel medical kits, Malaria, and Rabies epidemiology in New Zealand.

Other Speakers included: Hemi Morete – QSI Solutions, David Hammer – Microbiology, Edward Coughlin – Sexual Health Department,Iain Bell/Sue Chambers-Ross/Lincoln Nicholls – NZDF, Dr Mark Taylor / Dr Janine Rasmussen ‘ Lisa Scotland – WORLDWISE, Dr Debbie Walkden –The Travel Doctor NZ.

A variety of other topics were covered including the management of risk for groups and corporates / Safety and Security / Dengue Fever / Acute Mountain sickness / Kiwi Family holidays to in the pacific / Post Tsunami outbreaks / Life style issues of travellers / Travellers Diarrhoea / Insects and critters /New Zealand Defence Force perspectives on deployment travels to Samoa during the Tsunami experiences, and the Afghanistan.

WORLDWISE received fantastic feedback for the two days of education and would like to thank all the speakers who presented.

Planning is well ahead for the next conference in 2011 and those who wish to receive upcoming information are invited to write to online@worldwise.co.nz

WORLDWISE would also like to thank Glaxo Smith Kline for their unique contributions towards such a successful event.