It can be a scary time when you’re travelling to another country and it can be hard to be confident of knowing if you’re at risk of contracting some new virus, according to a new study.
Dublin, Dublin Airport and the Capital Region are the top hotspots for travellers with a high number of travellers reporting a history of respiratory illnesses, the latest National Travel Assessment report says.
The report, commissioned by the Irish Government, found that travellers in the Dublin, Dublin-Dublin and Capital Region had a history for respiratory illnesses ranging from chronic bronchitis and emphysema to viral infections, viral meningitis and conjunctivitis.
It found that nearly half of travellers had a previous history of a respiratory illness, including chronic bronchiectasis, pneumonia, chronic broncho-pneumonia and acute respiratory syndrome.
This includes many who are returning to Ireland from overseas and a high proportion of travellers who are visiting family, friends or colleagues in another country.
The highest number of cases reported was among travellers in Northern Ireland.
The figures show that in the capital city of Dublin, there were a total of 5,566 reported respiratory infections.
In Dublin Airport, there was a total 5,621 cases.
The largest number of reported cases were in the Capital region with 5,574 reported cases.
This is due to the greater proportion of visitors to Ireland who are in Northern Irish or other Northern Irish communities.
Dublins top respiratory hotspotThe report also found that the city’s population has a high rate of respiratory infections, with over 50% of people who travelled to Ireland for work having symptoms, compared to only about 3% of the population in Dublin.
The study also found an overall increase in the incidence of respiratory illness in Dublin in 2017 with 4,958 cases of chronic bronchaemias, 4,534 cases of pneumonia, 3,817 cases of emphySEpthalmias, 3 the most common respiratory illness.
It also found a significant rise in the number of travelers experiencing bronchial pneumonia.
This was due to a rise in those travelling to the capital from Northern Ireland or other regions, the report said.
The findings of the report are based on a nationally representative sample of more than 3,500 people who took part in the NIHR-funded NIHR Dublin Airport Health Study.
More:The survey is being carried out by NIHR and is being undertaken by the Department of Health.
Dr Paul McBride, NIHR director of research and policy, said the findings showed the importance of the National Travel Assessments for travellers.
He said travellers were asked to take a survey of their travel history and a representative sample was drawn from the NIHP survey pool.
Dr McBride said the report was “very important” because it showed the links between travellers’ travel and the risks of infection.
“This is particularly important because the most recent data show that the rate of new respiratory illness among travellers is rising,” he said.
“It also shows the importance that NIHP places on travellers’ health as part of its ongoing efforts to improve health outcomes.”
Dr McBrien said that although the number and severity of respiratory symptoms are increasing, the increase was due primarily to a more active and active community.
“The rate of people with respiratory symptoms is increasing,” he added.
“They’re reporting more of the symptoms.”
What’s really concerning is that this increase in people reporting more symptoms is not because the risk is greater.
“That’s why it’s important for us to have the data on those who are travelling.”
Dr James O’Brien, a GP, said that many of the respiratory symptoms were associated with respiratory illnesses in general, and that people who have respiratory illnesses have a high incidence of other respiratory illnesses.
“I’ve had patients who have pneumonia, which is a very serious disease and I’ve had a couple of cases of respiratory asthma,” he explained.
“In a lot of cases, it’s very difficult to get to a GP.”
He said that because of the rising number of people reporting respiratory illness there was increased scrutiny of people travelling to and from Ireland.
“There is an increased scrutiny and there is increased scrutiny around those who may be travelling to Ireland and the people who are coming back,” he told the Irish Independent.
“People are being asked questions about the respiratory conditions they may have and are getting further tested.”
And of course it’s about people travelling in groups, with people travelling together and sharing a car.
“Dr O’Briens advice is to ensure you have adequate travel insurance and that you are fully vaccinated if you plan to travel.”
Travelers are often reluctant to travel in groups.
We know this because many people have had respiratory illnesses that they had to be isolated from family and friends.
“If you’re going to travel with a group of people, I would say to make sure that you have sufficient travel insurance,” he advised.
Dr OBrians advice was to check with your GP