Beach Vacation? Be Aware!

by local, certified Highland Travel Medicine specialists

Ah, going to a tropical sandy beach sounds wonderful this time of year. However, in warm areas of the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and South America there can be dog hookworms in the sand of the beaches. If you walk on the beaches without shoes, you are at risk for being infected by one of these hookworms. The larvae migrate in the skin and cause a ribbon shaped, extremly itchy rash. The infection is called Cutaneous Larva Migrans. Keep this in mind, and remember, wear shoes on the beach.

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