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How are travellers' diseases acquired?

Travellers' diseases can be acquired in a wide variety of ways. Common routes of acquisition include:

  • contact with respratory secretions, carried through the air, on hands, or objects
  • ingestion, or contact with contaminated food or water
  • sexual contact, especially unprotected by condoms
  • exposure to insects that carry disease, especially msoquitos
  • close exposure to infected animals and physical contact with animal hides
  • contact with contaminated soil or sand
  • needle sharing

For a list of common travellers' diseases, visit this CDC web site.


Last Review Date: August 14, 2017