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World travel can make anyone sick

World travel can make anyone sick, but Swiss researchers found that men and women tend to suffer different illnesses. Women, says the research, are more prone to stomach problems and men are at higher risk of fevers and sexually transmitted diseases.

A study of almost 59000 international travelers by the University of Zurich found women were more likely than men to come down with bouts of diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems, colds, urinary tract infections and adverse reactions to medications, such as those taken to prevent malaria.

Men had higher risks of fever, including from infections transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks or other such vectors, such as malaria, dengue and rickettsia.

Men are also more likely than women to be treated for mountain sickness, frostbite or sexually transmitted diseases.

Researcher Dr. Patricia Schlagenhauf said the findings, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, offer travelers and travel-medicine specialists a clearer idea of how …