Health risks posed by returning travellers

With the summer coming to an end, thousands of travellers are returning home from their holidays abroad.

Although Ireland is considered a very healthy country with a low risk of diseases spreading through vectors, such as mosquitos and sand flies, those returning home could be carrying illnesses which pose potential risks to themselves and others.

Many Irish people may not be aware of the significant risks associated with traveling to some of the hotter regions of the world. There is also a common misconception that diseases can only be picked up in exotic destinations. However, even those returning from countries close to home can pose a threat.

It is also important to note that not all illnesses have immediate symptoms and some can develop slowly over time.

To help make sure you're illness free upon your return, Tropical Medical Bureau offers a post-holiday screening service as well as a 24-hour hotline for existing customers.

Dr Graham Fry, Medical Director of Tropical Medical Bureau says, "Whether they are arriving from an exotic location or from a more traditional holiday destination, it is extremely important for holidaymakers to be aware of their health upon their return. It is also crucial that if travellers returning home are not feeling well, that they seek medical help as soon as possible to out rule any imported diseases."

TMB provides a 24/7 medical support service for all registered patients. Care can also be provided by the traveller's GP or through a local hospital.

For further information on your medical needs or further safety tips or to book an appointment, please contact Tropical Medical Bureau on 1850 487 674 or visit