Travelling is all about experiencing new things and seeing new sights, but the darker side of this means being exposed to new diseases and illnesses that your body will not have encountered at home. Katherine Robinson learned this the hard way when she began to suffer fatigue and chronic coughing after returning from a holiday in Indonesia.
After several tests and a week of getting her chest drained in hospital she was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Having been vaccinated in school she thought she was immune, but doctors were sure she must have picked up the disease when in Indonesia.
Vaccinations give people a sense of security when they travel, but they are not always 100% foolproof. Failing to take your malaria medicine in the correct routine can also expose you to risk from this disease when you may think you are protected.
Symptoms can take time to manifest and doctors at home may not recognise your symptoms either. It is very important to be aware of the risks when travelling and keep these illnesses in mind if you develop symptoms after returning.