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Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2016, 1(1), 3; doi:10.3390/tropicalmed1010003

Health Seeking Behaviours and Knowledge of Infectious Disease Risks in Western Australian Travellers to Southeast Asian Destinations: An Airport Survey

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The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Perth 6009, Australia
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Communicable Disease Control Directorate, Western Australia Department of Health, 227 Stubbs Terrace, Perth 6008, Australia
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Academic Editor: John Frean
Received: 2 July 2016 / Revised: 14 July 2016 / Accepted: 14 July 2016 / Published: 18 July 2016
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Abstract

As the number of Australians engaging in short-term international travel increases, so does the opportunity for importing overseas-acquired infectious diseases. This study aimed to determine knowledge of infectious disease risks and pre-travel health advice (PTHA) seeking behaviour among Western Australians travelling to Bali, Indonesia or Thailand. Passengers departing from Perth International Airport were invited to participate in a self-administered survey. The survey determined PTHA seeking behaviour, knowledge of specific disease risks, and expected disease-prevention behaviours abroad. Multivariate regression modelling was used to assess demographic and travel-related factors associated with seeking PTHA. Responses from 1334 travellers were analysed. The proportion correctly identifying specific overseas disease risks ranged from 27% to 98%. High levels of planned disease-preventive behaviours were reported; however only 32% of respondents sought PTHA for their trip, most commonly from friends/family (15%) or a GP (14%). Many travellers (87%) made online travel purchases, but few (8%) used the Internet to source PTHA. WA travellers to Bali and Thailand were unlikely to seek PTHA and knowledge varied regarding infectious disease risks associated with travel. High rates of internet use when planning travel may provide an opportunity for destination-specific health promotion messaging and should be explored. View Full-Text
Keywords: travel health; travel health advice; disease prevention; communicable disease travel health; travel health advice; disease prevention; communicable disease
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Thomson, C.A.; Gibbs, R.A.; Giele, C.; Firth, M.J.; Effler, P.V. Health Seeking Behaviours and Knowledge of Infectious Disease Risks in Western Australian Travellers to Southeast Asian Destinations: An Airport Survey. Trop. Med. Infect. Dis. 2016, 1, 3.

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