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. I always use Agoda to book hotels in Thailand. The company was established in Thailand and has great local knowledge, as well as a huge inventory of hotels.
If you click on one of the destinations opposite you will get a list of hotel deals from Agoda. It's generally a good idea to book on-line because you will get a good room rate and you won't suffer the disappointment of arriving at a hotel to find that it is full.
I book hotels regularly in Thailand and I have always found Agoda to be the best on-line travel agent. At times I have spent a lot of time researching hotel prices and although other deals sometimes look better at first I always end up returning to Agoda.
If you don't wish to pay for your hotel at the time of booking, Booking.com normally allows you to pay when you check in at the hotel. Some people prefer this method, but I have always found Booking.com to be more expensive than Agoda.
If you want to compare prices between different on-line travel agents (OTAs) for a specific hotel, you can use a company such as HotelsCombined. However, you will normally find that Agoda is the cheapest and therefore you can save yourself time and money by just booking through Agoda in the first place.
Images of Thailand