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Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease spread through contact with blood and body secretions of infected people

This disease is a virus infection of the liver. There are steps travellers can take to avoid catching Hepatitis B

 

How is Hepatitis B spread?

Hepatitis B can be spread by contact with:

• Contaminated blood (transfusion with infected blood, sharing needles and syringes with drug users, body piercers and tattooists)

• Sexual Intercourse (homosexual and heterosexual) with an infected partner

• From other body fluids and secretions (e.g. the virus can be found in saliva, or may be transmitted from an infected mother to her baby)

 

What are the symptoms of Hepatitis B?

These can include:

• Tiredness and lethargy

• Loss of appetite

• Abdominal discomfort

• Dark yellow/orange urine

• Pale bowel motions

• Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)

 

Who is at risk?

Travellers who are unaware of their risky behaviour. Travellers who haven’t been vaccinated and are involved in an accident, requiring blood transfusions, or assisting those who might be infected.

 

How to avoid Hepatitis B

Avoid risky behaviour when travelling. Consider Hepatitis B vaccination before travel.

 

Further information about Hepatitis B

The Hepatitis B vaccination is a series of 3. There is also a combination vaccine for Hepatitis A & B available. Please consult with your Worldwise travel health specialist to see which one is best for you.

Please note that the recommendations given are general guidelines as to what may be required for a trip to these countries. However, they really do depend on many factors of your travel itinerary and medical history. All travellers are strongly advised to make an appointment to see a WORLDWISE Travel Doctor for up to date advice (including a vaccination plan and anti-malaria recommendations) tailored specifically to your upcoming trip.

Remember, our Travel Health Specialists are travellers too and have probably been to the region that you are going to. They appreciate the importance of enjoying a problem-free trip and of staying healthy abroad.

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