Travel Medicine

June 29, 2015

So today we have been reminded a bit about travel and some of the medical issues that arise from it.

Dr. Barb Gablehouse had been enjoying some well deserved time off and world travels.  Daily, I was receiving some amazing pictures of volcanos, iguanas, tortoises, and birds from the Galapagos Islands.  Shortly after returning however she has developed muscle aches, headache and fever and currently she is “enjoying” a brief hospital stay.  Nothing too serious but needed hydration and pain control.

It does remind us though of some of the perils of international travel.  If you or your family are traveling this summer please be sure to contact our office to come in and discuss.  There are a number of diseases many of which are transmitted by vectors (mosquitoes and other insects) that we do not normally come across here in Colorado.  Chikungunya, Dengue, and malaria are all diseases not infrequently encountered in other parts of the world.

Be sure to consult your provider before and potentially after for any questions or concerns you might have when traveling abroad. But be sure to enjoy the trip!

About the Author
Dr. Brian is originally from Denver, CO and spent many winters and summers in Grand County while growing up. Dr. Brian had a deep fondness for skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and soccer. Dr. Brian graduated from Arvada West High School, attended UC Boulder and graduated with BA in Music where he was a Music Composition major. Dr. Brian completed pre-med courses through Metropolitan State University then attended medical school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO. Brian chose a Residency in Pediatrics at the University of California- Davis in Sacramento, California. Brian and Lindsay have two children, Zach and Ethan.