Most people don’t want to think about getting ill when they’re on holiday. But as the saying goes, ‘forewarned is forearmed.’ That’s where the excellent travel website put together by NHS Scotland is so useful.

Fit For Travel allows anyone to check out the most recent health advise for destinations around the world. There’s also a ‘news’ section giving alerts on health-related matters around the globe.

For example, recent warnings in the past week include a report of a doubling in the rate of Lyme disease, spread by ticks, in New York State last year. A link provides information on the condition, the symptoms and what you can do to prevent it.

There’s also a report of increased cases of Q fever in South Australia, particularly around areas where there are lots of livestock, and measles in Western Australia.

There are excellent sections on how to prevent malaria and mosquito bites as well as maps showing high and low risk areas for the disease. The country guides also show which antimalarial drugs are recommended where.

Other pages give advice on dealing with heat and humidity, precautions for pregnant travellers, food hygiene and what to look for when choosing travel insurance.

Finally there are links to get further advice for more unusual travel situations, such as if you have a particular disability or are travelling to remote or dangerous locations.

Check out the site at fitfortravel.nhs.uk.

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