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October/November 2008 (vol. 05/3)

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Workers abroad, Part 1

Part one: the epidemiology of travel-related illness

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In the first of a review on the occupational health needs of workers abroad, Dipti Patel discusses the epidemiology of common travel- related illness.

OCCUPATIONAL travellers are a growing group of international travellers. In 2006, business travel accounted for 9.1 million visits abroad – 13% of all overseas visits by UK residents – an increase of 6.4% from 20051.These travellers are a diverse group comprising both short- and long-term travellers, and include a range of professions such as diplomats, aid workers, journalists, missionaries, explorers, geologists, executives…

Dr Dipti Patel is a specialist occupational health physician and the director of clinical services at Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad (MASTA), She works part time at Capita Health Solutions for the BBC and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and also works independently in the occupational health department for a branch of the Ministry of Defence.

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Occupational Health at Work October/November 2008 (vol. 05/3) pp22-26

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