Did you know that more than 90 % of cases of visceral leishmaniasis occur in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal? That rafting is the most common way for tourists to contract leptospirosis? That nectar and fruit juice are important energy sources for female as well as male mosquitoes? That Culex tritaeniorhynchus (vector for Japanese encephalitis) can fly 4.82 km under its own power? That MRSA infections can be transmitted by flies? That you should wait at leastsix weeks before flying following even a minor pneumothorax? If not, this book could be for you.
Dom Colbert has worked extensively in Africa, the Far East and the Caribbean in a voluntary capacity in mission hospitals and has served in many famines and disasters. In 1977 Dom founded the VSA (Voluntary Service Abroad) so that medical electives could work in poor countries. As part of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECA) he regularly teaches basic science to trainee surgeons and future trainers in that continent. He co-founded theTravel Medicine Society of Ireland and was on the exam board of the International Society of Travel Medicine. Dom regularly delivers lectures at national and international conferences, including delivering grand rounds at the Mayo Clinic in 2009 and delivering the inaugural Eric Walker lecture tothe Northern European Conference on Travel Medicine in 2012. He is also an examiner in primary FRCSI and/or Medical students, Benghazi, Kuwait, Khartoum and Dar es Salaam.