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My younger brother just returned from study in se asia. Does he need to go to a travel doctor now?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

If your brother is ill, of course he should see a doctor. If he had a prolonged visit (greater than 4 weeks) he will need some follow up testing such as a skin test for tb.
Depending upon his exact location, activities, and duration of travel he may need some testing for parasites. He can locate a travel medicine specialist at istm.Org and find lots of helpful info at cdc.Gov/travel.

In brief: Maybe

If your brother is ill, of course he should see a doctor. If he had a prolonged visit (greater than 4 weeks) he will need some follow up testing such as a skin test for tb.
Depending upon his exact location, activities, and duration of travel he may need some testing for parasites. He can locate a travel medicine specialist at istm.Org and find lots of helpful info at cdc.Gov/travel.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology

In brief: Probably not

Is he OK or is he having some symptom or health problem. If all seems normal: no fever, no rash, no fatigue, no weight loss, etc.
then he will be fine and does not need an evaluation. Most who go to SE Asia do well with no illness upon retuning. If there were a major issue, then public health agencies would be on top of it in a hurry.

In brief: Probably not

Is he OK or is he having some symptom or health problem. If all seems normal: no fever, no rash, no fatigue, no weight loss, etc.
then he will be fine and does not need an evaluation. Most who go to SE Asia do well with no illness upon retuning. If there were a major issue, then public health agencies would be on top of it in a hurry.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes, if symptomatic

Travelling out of north america is not a prequisite for a physician check up.
I would not recommend a visit to a doctor solely based on your travelling history. However, you should see a doctor if you feel ill or have exposure to sick contacts (individuals with tb), partaken in IV drug use, or unsafe sexual practices.

In brief: Yes, if symptomatic

Travelling out of north america is not a prequisite for a physician check up.
I would not recommend a visit to a doctor solely based on your travelling history. However, you should see a doctor if you feel ill or have exposure to sick contacts (individuals with tb), partaken in IV drug use, or unsafe sexual practices.
Dr. Rahil Malik
Dr. Rahil Malik
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