Romania is among the most populous member states of the European Union. It has a predominantly temperate-continental climate. Most travelers are worried about their health conditions when traveling to Romania.
This is probably due to the fact that many disease outbreaks have occurred in the country recently. As a result, in order to safely visit Romania, here are some precautions for you.
What are the most common health problems in Romania?
Many recent outbreaks of different diseases have been identified in Romania. Among these are:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B: Vaccines are recommended for all travelers who have not been vaccinated previously.
- Typhoid fever: For travelers who may eat or drink outside major restaurants. Vaccination is not required for short-term travelers staying at big hotels, and eating at major restaurants.
- Travelers' diarrhea: the most common health problem for travelers caused by unwashed fruits and vegetables, as well as drinking from unfiltered tap water.
- Rabies: Vaccine is recommended if visiting high-risk areas, or touching bats or any other animals.
- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR): Measles immunity documents are required from all travelers born after 1956. Measle cases have been found in unvaccinated adolescents.
- Tick-borne encephalitis: Precautions are needed if traveling in rural or forested areas.
- Trichinellosis: it is mainly due to eating raw or insufficiently cooked meat from wild boars and pork. Precautions are needed if eating raw meat or uncooked sausages.
What health precautions ought to be taken if you travel to Romania?
In order to safely travel to Romania, eDreams suggest the following precautions for travelers:
- Get vaccinated against Hepatitis A two or five weeks before departure.
- Get vaccinated against Hepatitis B if you have not had it previously.
- Get vaccinated against typhoid if you eat at small restaurants and stay in Romania for a long period of time.
- Only drink bottled water, filtered water, or boiled water instead of tap water.
- Avoid eating from street stalls.
- Do not drink unpasteurized milk.
- Avoid eating raw meat or fish. It may be risky.
- Bring some antibiotics and anti-diarrheal drugs and take them when needed. Bring your medical kit for precaution.
- Do not take antibiotics before you have diarrhea.
- Avoid contact with stray animals, bats, or any other animals. If an animal bites you, wash the bite with soap and a lot of water. Then, contact local authorities immediately.
- Do not sleep outdoor to prevent mosquito bites. Use a mosquito net and or coil at night.
- Apply insect repellent on your skin if you have to spend the night outdoor.
- Remove the tick immediately with tweezers just after discovering it. This prevents any tick-borne illnesses.
- When traveling with children, make sure that they got properly vaccinated against any of the frequent diseases mentioned above. Ask your doctor if the vaccine is appropriate, and what medications you need to include in your medical kit.
- Pay attention to what your children eat or drink. Avoid giving them food from street stalls, or small restaurants.
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