Many first-time visitors to this island nation often harbor fears of a wide variety of debilitating – or even deadly – diseases which may befall them during their visit. In the Philippines such fears of disease-borne calamity are generally unwarranted.
However, as the Philippines does cover many widely diverse and tropical regions, certain common-sense precautions and pre-arrival vaccinations are always advisable particularly for the following diseases:
|As this disease is quite common to tropical Asian regions, a valid pre-emptive vaccination is strongly recommended. |
Typhoid Fever is typically contracted from tainted food or water.
|As Southeast Asia remains the "homeland" of this dreadful malaise, a Hepatitis vaccination is highly recommended. Hepatitis B is transmitted in much the same way as AIDS.|
|When visiting any under-developed tropical region or country, an updated Tetanus vaccination is always a highly recommended precaution.|
|While rare, Cholera is most likely to occur during the rainy season months of July through November.|
Since opinions vary regarding the value of a Cholera vaccinations, we would recommend consulting with your personal health care provider.
|Malaria has never been a concern on Sangat Island or – as far as we know – anywhere else in the Palawan island chain. |
In other locations around the Philippines however, contracting Malaria could be a rare possibility.
While a number of vaccines to prevent the onset of Malaria remain in clinical trials, those already infected can be treated by a number of orally-administered antimalarial drugs.
|This is a serious mosquito-transmitted infection with symptoms that include high fever, a bright-red rash and severe head and muscle pains.|
While, at this writing, there is no vaccination or treatment for Dengue, the infection does abate over time and typically without serious medical treatment.
Aside from the above mentioned disease-related concerns, a number of other health related cautions should always be considered when your travels extend to other areas of the Philippines. These cautions include the following:
|Never eat anything – no matter how cheap or attractive the offerings may appear – from public street vendors or food stalls.|
These establishments, frequently operated without governmental regulation or sanitation standards, provide the perfect breeding ground for a wide variety of potentially dangerous bacteria.
|Due to the lack of adequate water treatment/purification facilities, we would recommend against drinking from any public water supply.|
Commercially-bottled water, readily available nearly everywhere, is your best source of safe drinking water.
|Stay well clear of stray dogs, as the occurrence of rabies in the Philippines is quite common. |
In the rare event that you fall victim to a dog bite, virtually all Philippine medical practitioners are familiar with proper rabies treatment.
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