The best travel advice is and always will be
“Don’t drink and drive, wear a seat belt and keep your knickers on“
Dr R. J. Stockley
This is a part of an excellent response on the International Society of Travel Medicine forum, that is reproduced in it’s entirety for the benefit of our readers, and travelers!
Let us be realistic. Because the press picks up on one potentially deadly disease does not mean it is the only or even the biggest risk for people travelling in the tropics. Ebola is a recurrent problem in Africa and the fact that it is reported in Kibaale now does not mean it is not grumbling away somewhere else and there won’t be another epidemic from the same unknown source in another place next year. Yellow fever may be grumbling away in another remote rural area, unreported and unknown, and Anthrax, plague, Rabies, tick fevers, leptospirosis are also endemic. Cholera comes and goes, the press reports on it and it is a serious concern. The press does not report on it and it is then not a concern! Years ago travel advice was only concerned about HIV. It hasn’t gone away, we just got used to it, and it seems travellers are more careless now then they were 10 years ago when it was the number one scary infection. Road accidents kill more travellers than any other cause.
If people are willing to take the risk of travelling to the tropics, we should not let massive press coverage of one disease cause disproportionate concern.
The best travel advice is and always will be “Don’t drink and drive, wear a seat belt and keep your knickers on”
Dr R. J. Stockley “