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Evaluation of fever in the returning traveler

Author
Mary Elizabeth Wilson, MD
Section Editor
Karin Leder, MBBS, FRACP, PhD, MPH, DTMH
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Elinor L Baron, MD, DTMH

INTRODUCTION

The evaluation of fever in returned travelers should focus on the possible infections given the patient's clinical findings, travel geography, administration (if any) of vaccinations and malaria chemoprophylaxis, the nature and timeframe of potential exposure(s), and the incubation period(s) of the relevant possible infections (table 1) [1].

Good resources that provide current information about the infections that occur in various geographic areas are essential [2-4]. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website includes an online version of Health Information for International Travel under Travelers' Health and updates on travel-related infections [4]. The World Health Organization website also has regularly updated information about outbreaks.

The approach to evaluation of fever in the returning traveler will be reviewed here. Other issues related to travel are discussed separately:

(See "Travel advice".)

(See "Immunizations for travel".)

                             
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