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Chile : Travel Health

WARNING! This information is out-dated and likely to be inaccurate!

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Please note that this health information about Chile may be out-of-date. Always research the current health conditions and issues in any region you plan to visit prior to departure.

Infectious Diseases and Medical Concerns for Chile

The following medical diseases or health concerns are more common in travel to Chile (compared to the USA and other areas of the Western World):

More Common Diseases and Medical Concerns for Chile

The following health concerns or diseases are more commonly found in Chile compared to the USA and other areas of the Western World:

  • motor vehicle trauma - wear seatbelts and avoid night driving
  • altitude sickness - if visiting Andes
  • cardiopulmonary diseases including asthma, allergies and bronchitis may be exacerbated by the high level of air pollution

Vaccinations for Travel to Chile

The following medical vaccinations are desirable or helpful for travel to Chile to prevent contagious diseases in Chile:

Preventions or Health Precautions for Travel to Chile

Any health risk of travel to Chile may be reduced by the following precautionary health measures when visiting Chile:

  • high rate of motor vehicle trauma - avoid night driving and wear seatbelts
  • mosquito bite prevention
  • insect bite protection
  • avoid drinking non-treated water - only drink bottled or canned water
  • eat only thoroughly cooked food or fruits and vegetables you have peeled yourself
  • keep feet clean and dry - help prevent parasitic infections
  • do not go barefoot - help prevent parasitic infections
  • always use latex condoms to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases
  • don't eat food purchased from street vendors
  • don't drink beverages with ice
  • don't share needles with anyone
  • don't handle animals (especially monkeys/dogs/cats) - to avoid bites and serious diseases (including rabies and plague - risk for travelers is small)
  • don't swim in fresh water. Salt water is usually safer
  • Earthquakes may occur - take care and heed local precautions

Other Relevant Issues for Travel to Chile

The following may be issues relevant to travel to Chile:

  • high level medical care is available in Santiago where facilities are comparable to other industrialised countries, facilities outside these areas are substandard
  • there may be consular warnings against travel to the country
  • check latest advice for updates

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