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Intoxications and Environmental Insults of Travel

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In addition to the well-recognized infectious diseases threats associated with international travel, travelers are also at risk of illnesses related to environmental exposures and toxins that can be ingested, inhaled, or percutaneously introduced. Interactions with plants, animals, and the elements inherent to a particular destination can imperil travelers' health and lead to stereotypical intoxication syndromes and injuries. 

Climatological and natural environmental factors, such as temperature of air and water, pollution, altitude, and barometric pressure are becoming increasingly recognized as travel-related health threats. Marine intoxications and both marine and terrestrial envenomations continue to cause morbidity and occasional mortality in travelers. In this thematic series, we explore the myriad ways in which non-pathogen based exposures and intoxications can affect travelers, and explore the global epidemiology of such disease risks.

We herein invite submissions to a thematic series  entitled "Intoxications and Environmental Insult of Travel", which aims to address some of the current knowledge gaps in this area. Case reports, case series, perspective pieces, original articles, and reviews addressing any aspect of environmental or toxin-based interactions related to travel are welcome.

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  1. Hump-nosed vipers (HNV; Hypnale spp) are one of the medically important venomous snakes in Sri Lanka and South-Western regions of India. The haemostatic dysfunction due to HNV bites is poorly characterized by sta...

    Authors: Bhawani Yasassri Alvitigala, Lallindra Viranjan Gooneratne, Iresha Dharmasena, Nuwan Premawardana, Manujasri Wimalachandra, Miyuru Weerarathna, Roopen Arya and Ariaranee Gnanathasan
    Citation: Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines 2023 8:28
  2. Snake bites remain a major medical problem in West Africa, and hemorrhagic stroke following a snakebite has emerged as a rare secondary condition. The objective of this study was to determine the neurological ...

    Authors: Alfred Anselme Dabilgou, Apoline Sondo, Alassane Dravé, Ismael Diallo, Julie Marie Adeline Kyelem, Christian Napon and Jean Kaboré
    Citation: Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines 2021 7:25
  3. One-half of all travellers are women; yet, there is a distinct lack of detailed travel health knowledge on topics of unique relevance to women. While there is medical advice relating to stages in the female li...

    Authors: Irmgard L. Bauer
    Citation: Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines 2021 7:14
  4. Sex tourism is defined as travel planned specifically for the purpose of sex, generally to a country where prostitution is legal. While much of the literature on sex tourism relates to the commercial sex worke...

    Authors: Timothy Siliang Lu, Andrea Holmes, Chris Noone and Gerard Thomas Flaherty
    Citation: Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines 2020 6:24
  5. Intoxication syndromes may be travel acquired, and are related to intentional or accidental inhalational or percutaneous exposures or ingestions. Due to their myriad clinical presentations, initial differentia...

    Authors: Taylor Kain, Jordan Weinstein, Aaron Thompson and Andrea K. Boggild
    Citation: Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines 2020 6:2