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Table 7 Symptoms and contacts to health care providers. Data are provided for 459 travelers as numbers and percentages separately for the period during travel, on return, and one month after it

From: Travelers’ health problems and behavior: prospective study with post-travel follow-up

  During journey, N Ongoing or started on arrival, N Newly onset during follow-up, N
  N/459 (%a) N/453 (%a) N/233 (%a)
Any symptom 351 (76) 113 (25) 74 (32)
 travelers' diarrhea 312 (68) 78 (17) 5 (2)
 skin problem b 78 (17) 2 (0) 9 (4)
 fever >37,5 °C 74 (16) 6 (1) 20 (9)
 vomiting 55 (12) 2 (0) 1 (0)
 respiratory tract infection 26 (6) 17 (4) 9 (4)
 urinary tract infection 17 (4) 1 (0) 4 (2)
 ear infection 5 (1) 4 (1) 1 (0)
 other gastrointestinal symptoms 19 (4) 2 (0) 4 (2)
 other symptoms 16 (3) 6 (1) 40 (17)
Contacts to health care 47 (10) 1 (0) 50 (21)
Outpatient contact with health care c 44 (10) 1 (0) 46 (20)
 travelers’ diarrhea 20 (4) 0 (0) 16 (7)
 skin problem d 9 (2) 0 (0) 5 (2)
 respiratory tract infection 8 (2) 0 (0) 5 (2)
 ear infection 4 (1) 0 (0) 1 (0)
 malaria / suspected malaria 3 (1) 0 (0) 0 (0)
 musculosceletal problem 2 (0) 0 (0) 6 (3)
 urinary tract infection 2 (0) 0 (0) 2 (1)
 other reason 3 (1) 1 (0) 11 (5)
Inpatient (hospitalization) 3 (1) 0 (0) 4 (2)
 travelers’ diarrhea 2 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0)
 fever >37,5 °C 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0)
 respiratory tract infection 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0)
 suspected malaria 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0)
 other reason 1 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0)
  1. a Proportion of positive among those from whom information was available
  2. b Dry skin / atopy / acne / insect stings excluded, sunburn / sun rash / infected skin due to insect stings included
  3. c Five travelers reported two or more causes of visit
  4. d Including travelers seeing a doctor because of any skin problem (e.g. insect stings, allergic reactions)