What is Tuberculosis?
Tuberculosis is mainly an infection of the lungs caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria, but it can infect other parts of the body. It is potentially fatal and kills in excess of a million people globally each year. It is highly contagious and easily spread.
What Are The Symptoms?
The symptoms are flu-like (fatigue and fever), but with lots of coughing. Coughing can last several weeks and coughed up sputum may contain blood. Both coughing and breathing may be painful. Sufferers may also lose weight.
How Is It Contracted?
Very easily. The bacteria are carried in airborne particles and released into the air whenever an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Who Is At Most Risk?
It is difficult to avoid breathing in infected air and we never know when someone with Tuberculosis is nearby. Those most at risk are people with weak immune systems, such as people infected with the HIV virus.
Where Are You At Risk?
The disease seems to be most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia (where I live), India and some parts of Eastern Europe.
I suffer from asthma and saw a doctor who was a pulmonary disease specialist. He X-Rayed my chest to check for Tuberculosis. I was clear, but he told me that there is a very high incidence rate in Thailand.
During the 'flu season lots of people in Thailand wear masks over their mouths and noses. If you come into contact with people who cough and splutter this may be advisable.
Face mask to protect against airborne infections
The BCG vaccine protects against tuberculosis. In the UK this vaccine isn't administered as part of the regular vaccination schedule, but is only given to those regarded as being at risk.
It is effective when given to children, but not very effective when given to adults.
Source Of information
GlaxoSmithKline, Wikipedia, local doctors, local hospitals, newspaper articles, various.
Travel Related Diseases
Thailand is an incredibly photogenic country, both for its landscapes and its people. Regardless of whether you enjoy large Asian cities, beaches and islands, or rice fields and mountains, Thailand has something for you and it is a dream destination for photographers.
One of the great things about visiting Thailand is that hotels are plentiful and a lot cheaper than in most other countries. Each link on the right will take you to the relevant page on the Agoda website where you can see photos, read reviews, and book on-line. I use Agoda to book all of my own hotels in Thailand and the Southeast Asia region. Agoda hotel rates are usually always the lowest and I have received good customer service, therefore I am happy to recommend the company to other people. Here is some analysis I did regarding booking hotels in Southeast Asia.
Booking.com used to be more expensive than Agoda, but when I have checked hotel prices recently I have found their rates to be quite competitive. Unlike Agoda, you don't need to pay at the time of booking with Booking.com - you can simply pay at the hotel when you check in. Also, Booking.com show you total prices whereas Agoda show you a price and then add on 17% for tax and service charge.
If you wish to compare prices between different on-line travel agents (OTAs) for a specific hotel, you can use a company such as HotelsCombined.
Images of Thailand