Are you planning a trip to Cambodia?
Cambodia is a fascinating country, with a complex history. Many visitors will make a trip to Siem Reap to visit Angkor Wat, an incredible archaeological site and the largest religious monument in the world, built in the 12th century by the Khmer empire. The cosmopolitan capital of Phnom Penh is also worth a visit, as is a trip down the Mekong River.
Vaccinations that are highly recommended for all travellers include:-
Rabies is especially high risk in Cambodia. It is a virus that is transmitted by the bite, scratch or lick of an animal on broken skin. The virus is found in the animal’s saliva, and once it enters the nervous system, it is fatal. There is a large number of stray animals in Cambodia, and many monkeys surround the iconic sites of Angkor Wat. Extra care should be taken to avoid contact with animals. The rabies vaccine is strongly recommended for travellers to Cambodia – if you are not vaccinated against rabies and are exposed to the virus you may face problems, as treatment against rabies difficult to obtain in Cambodia for those who have not been immunised before travel
Care should be taken against mosquito bites in Cambodia. The whole country has a risk of dengue fever, chikungunya fever and zika virus, all of which are spread through the infected bite of a mosquito. There are no specific vaccinations against these viruses and therefore strict precautions need to be taken to minimise mosquito bites. Travellers can minimize bites by wearing long loose clothing, using insect repellent with DEET, treating clothes with permethrin and using plug-in vaporisers inside to deter mosquitoes.
Strict precautions should be taken to prevent food and water-borne illnesses. In addition to vaccinations, travellers should pay close attention to what they eat and drink. Tap water should be avoided, and bottled water with a seal intact should be bought. Ice in drinks should be avoided since it is likely that it will have been made with tap water. Food should be well cooked and served to order.
Fleet Street Travel Clinic has looked after travellers for over 20 years and the official medical advisors to ATTA (African Travel & Tourism Association).
Benefit from our expertise and passion for travel – a visit to Fleet Street Clinic will be an invaluable step towards a healthy and happy trip.
Travel Health appointments are with a specialist doctor or travel nurse for 30 minutes.
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