With increasing affordability and availability of international travel, many endemic infections once restricted to overseas regions are now not uncommonly seen in our locality. Three cases of important arthropod-borne infections from returned travellers are reported and discussed.
A 73-year-old man presented with 1 week’s history of progressive epigastric pain. The pain was dull in nature and the patient reported no vomiting or radiation of pain. On presentation, the patient was found to have a low-grade fever (temperature, 37.8°C). There was no tea-coloured urine. The patient had enjoyed good past health except for a previous surgery for spinal injury.
This is the case of a 77-year-old man with a history of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). In September 2015, he was admitted to a regional hospital in Hong Kong due to fever and shortness of breath, and was diagnosed with pneumonia, the fourth episode in his life.
Urinary tract infections (UTI) are reported to be the most common reason for women to visit their healthcare professionals. The urinary tract, the body’s system that produces, stores and eliminates urine, is made up of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra.
Receipt of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) and standard titre measles containing vaccines (MCV) could reduce overall mortality by more than expected through their effects on the diseases they prevent, and receipt of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) may be linked to higher all-cause mortality, according to a systematic review.