'Riskiest' places to travel revealed by medical insurer

From typhoid and malaria to 'Delhi Belly', new research reveals where travellers could catch the most threatening travel bugs.

The ‘riskiest’ world destinations have been revealed by travel medical insurance providers Get Going.

The company outlined not only the bugs that travellers can contract but which countries are most likely to leave a physical and financial impact on a trip.

The ‘risky’ nations

India

India is notorious for ‘Delhi Belly’, known ordinarily as travellers diarrhoea. Other diseases to be wary of include the likes of typhoid and hepatitis A, because of poor sanitation, said the Get Going report.

Kenya

The East African nation has been a hotspot for tourism for decades but is listed on the danger list for as many as five travel-related illnesses, the insurance company said.

Kenya is among the riskiest nations to travel to with malaria, dengue, typhoid, hepatitis A and traveller’s diarrhoea. It’s also known for high medical insurance claims.

Thailand

Thailand is considered as a high-risk country because of the number of people who suffer from traveller's diarrhoea when they visit, the company said.

Very expensive average claim costs have been made in Thailand, making it the fourth most expensive country for claims. The average insurance claim in this part of Southeast Asia is £734.

Peru

Of all the countries in South America, Peru is the riskiest of all and is a known location for diseases such as dengue and typhoid.

Indonesia

The average cost of a claim in Indonesia was the lowest in the study at £221, but the region poses a threat in terms of illnesses such as Hepatitis A.

The average value of an insurance claim in this part of Southeast Asia is £734, with travellers diarrhoea the most common ailment for its visitors.

Top tips on staying healthy and safe

The report also offers some advice for staying healthy

  • Before travelling, be sure to visit your doctor to ensure you’re up to date with vaccinations and also find out if you need any others or medication before going to a specific country.

  • Take DEET-based insect repellents which can be sprayed in your room or applied to the skin before going outdoors.

  • Carry travel sickness or altitude sickness relief tablets if you have been prescribed to use these by your doctor or you have experienced these illnesses in the past.

  • Be sure to source sealed water sources, and steer clear of ice to avoid water-borne illnesses on your travels

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