Infographic: 12 worst travel bugs and the riskiest countries you're likely to pick them up

Many of us spend most of the year looking forward to a trip away, whether it’s picking your destination or finally setting off.

The unfortunate side of any holiday is catching one of the many illnesses that frequent several of the most popular destinations.

MAP: Worst places to fall ill while travelling

Medical travel insurance providers GetGoing have conducted a study of the most common illness that are faced by travellers in popular holiday destinations.

The study focused on 12 of the most risky countries and includes some information on how to prevent your holiday being negatively affected by illness and how to deal with illness should it strike.

The results of the study are neatly presented in the below infographic: 

Infographic: 12 worst travel bugs and the riskiest

SEE: Quick Guide to Kenya: Visa-free travel for South Africans

But just how are these bugs transmitted?

  • Food - Trying new, exotic foods from places that may not have the same hygiene standards you’re used to is one of the best things about travel. Its a challenge to get a holistic feel of a place without eating with and as the locals do. That being said, keep in mind the fact that food is one of the main sources of travellers diarrhoea. Eat away, just be wary.
  • Insect bites - More than just the source of that incredibly annoying buzzing sound inches from your that keeps you from sleeping off the jetlag, mosquitoes are the scourge of travellers and locals alike all over the world. They can also be quite deadly as Malaria still causes the death of many people every year. Stay safe, get some insect repellant and avoid Malaria and Dengue fever zones. 
  • Poor sanitation - Many of the best travel destinations are located in developing countries with less-than-ideal sanitation standards and infrastructure. Open, stagnant water, unsafe tap water and other sanitation-related issues are some of the easiest ways to fall ill abroad. Stick to bottled water and keep the hand sanitiser at the ready. 

Easy ways to stay healthy and safe: 

  • Make sure you head to a travel clinic or check in with your doctor prior to your departure. Some countries will require you to produce evidence of inoculation against diseases and bugs that may be prevalent at the destination or country of origin.
  • Stock up on insect repellants in the country you’ll be going to. Sometimes what repels mosquitos and other annoying insects in one country will attract another species in a different country. To be safe, grab your repellants in your final destination.
  •  A good first aid kit can go a long way. Keep it stocked with a variety of different medications for any eventuality, electrolytes, ibuprofen, paracetamol - whatever you can think of. 
  • Stick to sealed sources of water. Bottled water over tap water every day. Also steer clear of ice as difficult as that may be. 

SEE: 10 Travel tips for a healthy holiday

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