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Ten Seconds in North Korea

Christopher Van Tilburg
Christopher Van Tilburg

The first and only time I went to North Korea, I spent 10 seconds in the country. At age 13, my parents and I had a home stay in South Korea with Friendship Force International. We took a trip to the Panmunjom demilitarized zone, and entered a building that sat smack on the border. A 3-inch painted strip on the ceiling, wall, floor and table demarcated the two countries. We were allowed to walk around the table, thus entering North Korea for a just brief moment.

Sometimes, I believe, the first visions and brief glimpses are the most important. My first passport came at 14 days old, a stamp endorsement on my mom's. My first and only moniker is from the patron saint of travelers. My first WHO yellow card was for a small pox vaccination at age one. My first medical relief trip was to help the Colorado Indians of Ecuador, where I first saw cutaneous leishmaniasis, a disease that only existed in textbooks back home.



My first and only trip to East Berlin, I walked through the Brandenburg Gate 12 years before the fall of the Berlin Wall. I once spied the Southern Cross when transiting the Suez Canal. I once straddled the Equator, one foot in each hemisphere. In Peru, I first (and last) tasted guinea pig. Kilimanjaro was my first of the Seven Summits. At first light from 17,000 meters above Gorak Shep, Nepal, I made a crystal clear cell phone connection to my dear daughters back home. My first vision of Haiti was the blue-tarp city, population 300,000, which transitioned over 4 trips to less than 30,000. In Chile, my family had first tracks in the sunshine and powder snow of the spectacular Andes.

Now we come to another first, the inaugural print issue of Travel Medicine News, formerly NewsShare. What you have is a collection of images and words important to you, the ISTM membership. In these pages you will find info about conferences, educational opportunities, networking and a bit of travel medicine info as well. If you want to get involved, the professional groups, special interest groups and committees are vital to our society.

Hearkening back to a simpler time, while still embracing modern technology, this publication blends old school analog print and new school digital telecom in hopes to foster the profession of travel medicine, promote the ISTM, provide an avenue for collegiality and networking, and, of course, encourage membership renewals.
When you have finished perusing this magazine: please renew your membership online and pass on this magazine to a potential member or leave it in your clinic for your patients or clients.

Above all, thanks to you members who make the ISTM first in the global arena of travel medicine, the professionals who set the standards and who all others first turn to for travel medicine advice.


Christopher Van Tilburg

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President's Note

Christopher Van Tilburg
David Shlim

The ISTM is now more than twenty-three years old, and I've been president for just sixteen months, not long enough to claim much credit for the success of the society, but in a good position to see how it is going. I think one of the under appreciated successes of the society is its international nature: we have nearly 3000 members from 84 countries. There are few societies that can claim such a worldwide connection. This is something that we should really celebrate.

As most of you know, Robert Steffen hosted a travel medicine meeting in Zurich in 1988 that drew over four hundred people from around the world. At a follow-up meeting in Atlanta in 1991 attended by over seven hundred people, the ISTM was formed. Consciously international from the very start, the by-laws were drawn to make sure that the leadership of the organization, and the biennial conferences, alternated between continents, which in those days meant Europe and North America. Now, as the society expands into Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, and South America, the leadership and conference location possibilities will also expand.

It is extremely fitting—in fact crucial—to maintain and expand our international character. Travelers come to us to prepare for travel anywhere in the world, and the more local knowledge we have, the more colleagues we can call on for assistance, the more research that comes to the Journal of Travel Medicine from different parts of the world, the more useful we will be to them. In addition to just being names on a membership roster, our members make a big effort to travel to our international meetings, not only the main CISTM meetings, but the numerous regional meetings with which we collaborate. It is at these international meetings, as I've said before, where one's connections and knowledge grow, and our ability to help travelers really takes off.

This summer, the ISTM partnered with the Wilderness Medical Society to put on a combined wilderness and travel medicine meeting in my hometown of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The meeting was an outstanding success—more than 550 people enjoyed great talks, great camaraderie, and a beautiful setting, and the two societies were able to directly appreciate the knowledge and experience that the other society holds. Both societies look forward to further collaboration in the future.

Next spring is our fourteenth CISTM meeting in Quebec, Canada, a spectacular setting for a conference in an award-winning convention center, and an intimate and beautiful old town overlooking the St. Lawrence River. I've been involved in the Scientific Program Committee meetings, under the able leadership of Leo Visser, from The Netherlands, and the program will be extremely valuable to anyone who practices (or wishes to practice) travel medicine. The program, combined with the setting, and the potential for great times with friends, makes this a meeting that you will not want to miss.

Looking further ahead, 2016 will be a banner year for alternate-year meetings. The Asia Pacific Travel Health Society is hosting their meeting in March in Kathmandu, Nepal, my home for fifteen years before I moved to Jackson Hole. The Northern European Conference on Travel Medicine will be in London for the first time, in June, and the South African Society of Travel Medicine will host a meeting in September of that year, which will also be the regional meeting of the ISTM (the venue is still being decided).

I feel that it has been one of the most enriching aspects of my life to have made so many friends from all over the world, mainly from attending these meetings. In a time of worldwide strife, we should take a moment to reflect on what it means to have a truly international society. We are dedicated to decreasing the impact of infectious diseases and other health risks in travelers, migrants, and local people around the world. As disease risks become more prominent, and more rapidly reported, the ISTM has become more relevant as an interpreter of risk for travelers, and its members a sound source of advice for those who would want to know about the risks of travel in light of the current Ebola epidemic, the spread of polio, and Chikungunya virus, among many other concerns.

By standing together as one international body, we will be able to have the maximum impact on the things we care most about. Please keep up your membership each year in ISTM, and encourage your colleagues who may share your interests to join us as well. There is still much to be done.

I look forward to seeing many of you at CISTM14 in Quebec City.

David Shlim

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News from the Secretariat

Diane Nickolson
Diane Nickolson

At the recent ISTM regional meeting, more than one member approached me and commented on how much the Society has changed and grown over the past five years. I was, of course, thankful to hear that members are noticing the changes, and have to give the credit to the many ISTM leaders and to the full Secretariat staff for their support of the society.

I am incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with every member of our Secretariat Team ... I have to take a few moments to tell you about them.

Elena Axelrod
Elena Axelrod

Elena Axelrod, Data and Finance Manager.

Elena is our most senior staff member — not by age, rather by length of time in our employ. Approaching her twelfth year with the Society, Elena continues to be the key data support contact for the GeoSentinel Project, and has recently taken on the financial support functions for society. This includes accounts payables and receivables, maintaining the financial records in the society's bookkeeping program, and working with the external bookkeeper and auditors on financial reports and reconciliation. Elena brings an analytical perspective, and always looks for the best in every person and situation. I can't imagine an unkind word coming from Elena.

Kathy Smith
Kathy Smith

Kathy Smith, Project and Meeting Administrator.

Kathy has now been with the ISTM for three years. During this time she has continually taken on new responsibilities, provided constant support for the entire team and is the person primarily responsible for the migration of our new website (a major achievement!). Kathy's role in the society is to staff and support assigned ISTM Committees and Groups, and serves as the Project Manager for the GeoSentinel project. Kathy brings to the Secretariat a light-hearted and upbeat demeanour that is very much appreciated by everyone who comes into contact with her.

Daveen Capers
Daveen Capers

Daveen Capers, Member Services Coordinator.

Daveen began working for the Society as a temporary staffer in 2010. I remember whenever her assignments would end she would say "ISTM isn't done with me yet!" Even as a temporary employee, Daveen was always looking for ways to improve our processes, save money, and increase the level of our customer support. There was no way we were going to let Daveen move on, and in August of 2011, we finally brought her in as a full-time permanent employee. Daveen serves as the first line of communications for the society, answering questions, responding to requests, processing memberships, registrations, and product orders. Daveen also has taken on a new role recently, supporting me in the exhibitor and sponsorship outreach and fulfilment. Daveen provides personal and positive support for the Society and over the past four years, she has helped so many of our members. To the team she brings a supportive, thoughtful approach to situations, always trying to find the best solutions.

Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas, Project Coordinator.

Sarah began working with the Secretariat as a student intern as she was pursuing her masters degree just over two years ago. Upon conclusion of her program we were able to bring her on board full time, luckily coinciding with the GeoSentinel project transition. Sarah's primary focus is the communications, publications and administrative support of the GeoSentinel project. Sarah also drives our social media activities and supports our marketing and promotional activities. Sarah's positive attitude and creative approach to everything that she does has helped us jump ahead quickly with some of our new programs. We are lucky to have been able to keep her with us.

As we continue to move into the future to implement new member benefits, establish the Society Foundation, and continue to grow existing programs like the CISTMs, GeoSentinel, the listserve, the My ISTM Connected Community, the Exam, the Continuing Professional Development Program, courses and the distance learning program, we are looking to expand the Secretariat team this year. The Board has approved an additional staff position, and we will likely also bring in a student intern on a temporary basis very soon.

In closing I wanted to let everyone know the Secretariat is moving our offices later this year. The five of us are still cramped in an office that was designed to house three people. As I write this article, we are in the process of negotiating a new lease. We are staying in the area, and moving into the city proper of Atlanta. We don't anticipate a major interruption in service and responsiveness, and look forward to moving into more spacious quarters that will allow us to continue to grow.

Diane Nickolson,
ISTM Executive Director

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Ask the Experts

Debra Stoner
Debra Stoner

The diversity in our specialty is evident in the conversations that Dr. Debra Stoner had with ISTM members about their travel practices and passions.


A.F. de Frey:

Dr. A.F. de Frey is the chief executive officer for WTMC in South Africa. He provides comprehensive corporate travel health risk management to travelers.

What motivated you to start a career in travel medicine?
The realization that we live in a mobile, global village and that emergency medicine as practiced by medical assistance and air ambulance companies is a sad matter of "too little too late" in most instances.

Describe your travel medicine practice.
Our focus is on pre-existing medical conditions are by far the most common reason why corporate travelers require medical assistance during travel. Pre-existing medical conditions related to age and lifestyle are shown to be neglected in the standard travel clinic setting leading to unnecessary travel related morbidity and mortality

What is your area of interest or expertise in travel medicine?
I am an 'all-rounder' with a particularly good grasp of travel health in the context of travel health risks, health care infrastructure and expertise, in Sub Saharan Africa. I enjoy teaching travel health to medical and lay audiences.

Rene Echevarria-Cofino
Rene Echevarria-Cofiño

Rene Echevarria-Cofiño

Dr. Rene Echevarria-Cofiño is an independent practitioner in a vaccination and travel medicine clinic located at San Juan, Puerto Rico. He offers pre- and post- travel medical evaluation and management for tourists, business travelers and repatriate travelers.


What motivated you to start a career in travel medicine?
As a frequent traveler I found there was a lack of information for travelers visiting high-risk countries where exposure to conditions and situations could ruin their vacation or business trip. With that in mind I decided to start giving my help to international travelers in my clinic

What is your area of interest or expertise in travel medicine?
A well planned and structured pre-travel medical evaluation, based on a 45-60 minutes visit, including verbal and written recommendations, preventive measures, vaccines, prophylaxis and stand by medications.

What do you find challenging about your practice?
I strive to keep my patients in an excellent state of health and free of illness during their travel.

What do you find rewarding about your practice?
When I receive feed back from the patients after returning from their trip. To know it was a healthy one, without medical inconvenience, free of altitude illness, gastrointestinal problems, jet lag or any travel related illness.

Larry Goodyer
Larry Goodyer

Larry Goodyer:

Professor Larry Goodyer is a pharmacist, Head of the Leicester School of Pharmacy in the United Kingdom and director of Nomad Travel clinics in the United Kingdom. As an academic pharmacist he has been involved in research, education and publishing for 25 years.


What motivated you to start a career in travel medicine?
I became involved in setting up the Nomad travel clinic many years ago. It had a dedicated pharmacy for supplying medical kits suitable for all types of travelers from backpackers to large expeditions.

What is your area of interest or expertise in travel medicine?
The supplies that travelers need to take on their trips to ensure good health, ranging from medical kits to insect repellents.

Why is this area important to patients' health?
A particular concern of mine is the poor quality of medicines in many parts of the world.

I strongly believe the medicine and health related products a traveler takes with them has a big impact on whether or not they can self treat and avoid many common and serious conditions.

Why should medical practitioners incorporate travel medicine into their practices?
From my perspective a pharmacist is the health professional most likely to come into contact with the travelling public—many people will visit a pharmacy for supplies before traveling.

What one piece of advice would you share with new travel medicine practitioners?
I would say have confidence in providing a service to most travelers, recognize the limits of your competence and refer more complex cases to a specialist clinic.

If you started a travel medicine clinic describe one challenge and one positive outcome.
The regulatory bodies are a big challenge. The other is convincing people to use the services.

What new area of research holds promise in travel medicine?
Antimalarial medication that is taken only in advance of travel; vaccines delivered dermally and telemedicine advice available globally.

Trish Smith
Trish Smith

Trish Smith:

Trish Smith is a nurse, who until May 2013 was the International Nurse Adviser for VSO, an NGO in London, who places volunteers and staff in developing countries.


Describe your travel medicine practice.
In my previous job I provided pre-travel advice and preparation for volunteers and staff, monitored health needs, made referrals to local agencies, and handled emergencies including repatriation and evacuation.

Presently I volunteer with the pre-launch and opening of a new dedicated travel medicine practice in Malaysia. I also teach English to Myanmar refugee children using health topics and nutrition as my platform.

What is your area of interest or expertise in travel medicine?
My passion and particular interest is expatriate groups. Volunteers, humanitarian aid workers and corporate employees need access to quality preparation for the rigours of an international assignment.

Why is this area important to patients' health?
When relocating on an international assignment, the accompanying family may inherently be overlooked in pre-departure preparation. Living and working in four countries and now embarking on our fifth country, I have witnessed first hand the challenges experienced by family members. While maintaining a specialty and travel medicine career in nursing and as an expatriate spouse with children in tow it has become my quest to improve the experience.

What one piece of advice would you share with new travel medicine practitioners?
Listen to what your client is saying including observing the non-verbal communication. Be prepare to explain the rationale behind advice, expect the unexpected and maintain a sense of humor. Consult and seek support from colleagues and professional resources when unsure, as practice changes and evolves regularly.

How should experienced practitioners mentor beginners?
Lead by example as a role model and reflect on your own experiences as a beginning practitioner. Encourage and provide opportunities for the beginner to demonstrate their skills and expertise, engaging in clinical discussion and feedback. Above all be patient and recognize that practices differ and the end result can be achieved in many ways.

Robert Steffen
Robert Steffen

Robert Steffen:

Dr. Steffen is a past-president of ISTM and present chair of the Liaison Committee. He is well known in the industry for his cutting edge research and long-standing career in travel medicine. He is retired from the University of Zurich but maintains a private practice and consults worldwide for various organizations.


What motivated you to start a career in travel medicine?
As the student president of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations I had the fascinating duty to visit member states and recruit new members in all parts of the world; that was at the end of the 1960's. At the time there were few travel health recommendations, and even those were contradictory. Thus I concluded that evidence was needed and I launched my first research projects a few years later.

Do you have a special area of expertise in travel medicine?
My primary scientific interests lie in evidence-based priorities in travel health. In the past the World Health Organization has invited me to serve on advisory boards covering malaria, public health measures in chemical and biological warfare, mass gatherings, and recently the emergency committee on Ebola. That illustrates that travel medicine specialists need to remain very flexible to solve new problems.

Why is this area of interest important to patients' health?
Our primary goal is to minimize the risk that causes our pre-travel customers to become patients. That does not mean, for instance, that we should recommend all types of vaccines because that is not affordable for most travelers. But the most frequent risks that are life-threatening or can potentially result in sequela must be prevented. In that context, most colleagues probably neglect trauma.

Do you participate in research?
Our first systematic assessment on travel associated health risks was published in 1978, followed by more than 200 publications relating to travel health. In earlier years I studied malaria prophylaxis; more recently I am concentrating on travelers' diarrhea.

Why should medical practitioners incorporate travel medicine into their practices?
Besides being a need, pre-travel health advice is fun. Those sitting on the opposite side of the table smile, full of expectancy relating to future adventures — quite a welcome change and contrast to complaining patients.

Debra Stoner
Associate Editor

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14th Conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine (CISTM14)

Québec City, Canada
Centre des Congrès de Québec
24-28 May 2015

Early Registration:
31 December 2014
Abstract Submission:
15 January 2015



The Biennial Conferences of the ISTM (CISTMs) have been the premiere opportunity for travel medicine specialists and practitioners to gather and learn about the latest developments in the field. Delegates attend the conference to keep up to date on advances in the science and the art of travel medicine — they also attend the exposition to see new and innovative technologies, products and services.

The 14th Conference of the ISTM (CISTM14) will be the largest international meeting bringing together physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and public health professionals from academia, government and the private sector who are committed to the promotion of healthy and safe travel. The last CISTM in North America had over 1300 travel medicine professionals in attendance from more than 60 countries. The CISTM13 in Maastricht welcomed 1350 attendees from 68 countries. We are planning for an attendance of 1400 or more delegates for the CISTM14 in Québec City.

In the past decade travel medicine has emerged as a distinct multidisciplinary medical specialty involving all travel related aspects of existing medical specialties such as infectious diseases, tropical medicine, gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynaecology, occupational medicine, orthopaedics, and pediatrics. CISTMs share the advances in the science and art of travel medicine while allowing those new to the field an introduction to this exciting medical discipline.

Conference Schedule: 24-28 May 2015
CTH® Examination: Sunday, 24 May Morning
Pre-CISTM Courses: Sunday, 24 May Afternoon
Opening Ceremony: Sunday, 24 May Evening
Scientific Program: Monday, 25 May through mid-day Thursday, 28 May
ISTM General Assembly: Wednesday, 27 May Afternoon
Closing Ceremony: Thursday, 28 May Mid-day

CISTM14 Registration Deadlines

Early: 1 October — 31 December 2014
Regular: 1 January — 15 April 2015
Late: 15 April — 29 April 2015
After 29 April 2015 registrations must be made on-site

Abstract Submissions Accepted

1 October 2014 - 15 January 2015

CISTM14 Travel Award Submissions Accepted

1 October 2014 — 15 January 2015

Scientific Program Topics

Preliminary scientific program sessions include:

  • Globalized Health
  • Travelers' Diarrhea
  • Vaccine Innovations
  • Malaria in the 21st Century
  • Tourism Out of the Box
  • Rabies
  • Children and Teens
  • Cruise Ship Medicine
  • Migrants, Strategies and Practices
  • Spread of Arboviruses
  • Communicating Health Risks
  • Long Distance Care through Technology
  • Spread of Respiratory Infections
  • International Occupational Health
  • Useful Diagnosis in Returning Ill Travelers
  • Yellow Fever
  • Altitude Medicine
  • Medicines for Self-Management
  • In Flight Emergencies
  • Immunosuppressed Hosts; HIV
  • Skin Problems
  • Extreme Weather Conditions
  • Sleep Deprivation and Jet Lag
  • Children and Pregnancy
  • Running a Travel Clinic in the Digital Age
  • Schistosomiasis
  • Tuberculosis Risk and Travel
  • Traveling with Chronic Conditions
  • Tropical Infections in Travelers
  • Malaria Standby Treatment

About Québec City

Old Québec, a UNESCO world heritage treasure, is alive with history and only steps away from the convention center and CISTM14 hotels.

You will want to take the time to visit the Fortifications of Québec and the Citadel, the city's two main defensive works. Moving from military history to religious history, also plan to take in the stunning Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica-Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the Jesuits Chapel, and St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. After stopping off at one of the city's many museums and interpretation centers, consider a walking tour or a horse-drawn carriage ride to get a true feel for this unique historic district.

Fine dining and shopping are an art form in Old Québec, particularly along rue Saint-Jean and rue Saint-Louis, and not to be missed!

Consult the (CISTM14 website) where you will find descriptions of the city neighborhoods, city attractions, and things you should know before you go.

Travel to Québec City

Québec is serviced by Jean-Lesage International Airport, only 16 km (10 miles) away from downtown and the convention center. There is daily VIA Rail Canada service between Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City.

Québec City is a wonderful walking city so be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes! More information about travelling to and within Québec City is available on the CISTM14 website.

Centre des Congrè s de Québec

The CISTM14 will be held at the Centre des Congrè s de Québec. The Centre is conveniently located in the heart of Québec City in the neighborhood of Parliament Hill, immediately surrounded by hotels, restaurants, parks and a very short walk to the old walls surrounding Old Québec.

CISTM14 Scientific Program Committee

Chair: Leo G. Visser, The Netherlands
Co-Chair: Christina Greenaway, Canada
Associate Chairs:
Lin Chen, Boston, United States of America
Blaise Genton, Switzerland
Karin Leder, Australia
Ron Behrens, United Kingdom
Andrea Boggild, Canada
Miguel Cabada, Peru
Jane Chiodini, United Kingdom
John Christenson, United States of America
Christina Coyle, United States of America
Jakob Cramer, Germany
Vanessa Field, United Kingdom
Philippe Gautret, France
Fiona Genasi, United Kingdom
Martin Haditsch, Austria
Stefan Hagmann, United States of America
Davidson Hamer, United States of America
Ted Lankester, United Kingdom
Michael Libman, Canada
Poh Lian Lim, Singapore
Alberto Matteeli, Italy
Susan McDonald, Canada
Marc Mendelson, South Africa
Maria Mileno, United States of America
Silvia Odolini, Italy
Eli Schwartz, Israel
Mike Starr, Australia
Christopher Van Tilburg, United States of America
Jenny Visser, New Zealand
Julia Walker, Canada
Pat Walker, United States of America
Claire Wong, New Zealand
Carolyn Zeind, United States of America
Nicholas Zwar, Australia

CISTM14 Local Organizing Committee

Chair: Yen Bui, Montreal, Canada
Anjli Acharya, Calgary, Canada
Darin Cherniwchan, British Columbia, Canada
Suzanne Gagnon, Québec City, Canada
Jay Keystone, Toronto, Canada
Isobel MacPherson, Halifax, Canada
Anne McCarthy, Ottawa, Canada
Brian Stowe, Ottawa, Canada

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Professional Groups

Nursing Professional Group (NPG)

Nurses play a important role in the delivery of travel medicine services all around the world. In many countries nurses are the lead health professionals giving pre travel advice and many have opened their own travel clinics. Nurses also play a significant role in travel medicine education and research. The Nursing Professional Group (NPG) represents their voice within the ISTM. Nurses make up one quarter of ISTM membership and so it is important that their needs and ideas are heard and acted upon. Nurses who deliver travel medicine services often work in situations where there is little backup from colleagues and so NPG can be a useful source of peer support.

At ISTM conferences the NPG holds nurse welcome meetings enabling nurses to network, form friendships and support groups. NPG also aim to offer support to nurses wishing to study for the CTH® exam. The new My ISTM is a great step forward with a dedicated discussion group and the ability for members to upload educational documents.

NPG has worked hard in the past to ensure that appropriate continuing professional development credits are applied to ISTM meetings for nurses, a somewhat complex task when dealing with international members who all have different requirements.

NPG offers recognition to those who have demonstrated great leadership both over the long term and to those who are comparatively new to the field:- The Distinguished Nurse Leadership Award and the Emergent Nurse Leader Award.

Although many nurses have contributed to research we know that many lack the backup of academic institutions. A workshop will be held at the Québec meeting to share ideas on this important area.

Carolyn Driver
Chair NPG

Pharmacist Professional Group (PPG)

Pharmacists are the third largest and fastest growing group of healthcare professionals and have long been offering informal advice to travelers. In many countries, pharmacists are highly trained to provide medication therapy management, preventative health services and expert consultation. In some countries, pharmacists participate fully in travel medicine providing vaccinations, medications and travel advice.

The main goals of the PPG are to characterize and promote the role of pharmacists in travel medicine among other pharmacy organizations, to serve as a communication link to the ISTM Executive Board and society at large, and to provide opportunities for networking and information exchange among pharmacists. PPG also promotes collaboration among pharmacists in the area of research and education and plans educational sessions for pharmacists at the CISTM meetings.

The PPG plays an active role at the biennial ISTM conferences. In Maastricht in 2013, there was a lively debate titled "Who is Giving Travel Advice? An International, Multi- Professional Perspective." Speakers represented nurses, doctors, and pharmacists. The conclusion was that there is a role for all of us in practicing travel medicine in order to ensure good care for the traveler. Another well-attended workshop entitled Safe Transport: Carrying Meds and Needles and Accessing Medications Abroad engaged the audience in a discussion about the challenges of travelers transporting their personal supply of medications through customs and acquiring replacement medications abroad. Best practices were shared among the participants of this workshop.

Some PPG members participated in the International Pharmaceutical Federation conference in India where they presented on travel medicine. It is hoped that the two groups will develop a strong collaboration, working towards informing pharmacists throughout the world of the opportunities in travel medicine, and developing an international training program for pharmacists. At the 2015 conference in Quebec City, it is hoped that the PPG will hold a pre conference course entitled "Perspectives on Pharmacist-led TM Services" with examples from various countries and focus on the new regulations in Canada which offer pharmacists more opportunities in travel medicine.

Claudine Leuthold
Chair PPG


2014: The Year in Review

Nancy Pietroski
Nancy Pietroski

Annual events

Hajj - this annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, draws about 3 million Muslims from around the world, making it one of the largest mass gatherings. These numbers of people in one place generate challenging health risks, but to complicate the crowds even more this year was the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome outbreak.

Quadrennial events

This year saw the convergence of the Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. Despite initial terrorist threats before the Olympic Games, in Sochi, Russia. Thankfully there were no major medical issues with either events. Months before the World Cup, held in 12 Brazilian cities in June/July, there was a cornucopia of travel advice on the internet, given the seething cauldron of hot temperatures, hot-tempered crowds and mosquitoes.

Viruses That Came

Chikungunya - As of September, the disease had been reported on all continents except Antarctica.

Dengue - As of September, there were 80 cases of local transmission—when mosquitoes are infected and spread it to people—reported in Japan in Tokyo, the first time since World War II.

Ebola - The outbreak that originated in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone continued to grow to over 5000 cases in September, with a >50% mortality rate. The race is on to develop effective drugs (ZMapp is the first) and vaccines.

MERS-CoV - At the end of August, >800 cases of this deadly syndrome with a nearly 40% mortality rate had been reported mainly in Saudi Arabia. Although the coronavirus can be transmitted by infected camels or by drinking camel's milk, the disease is spread primarily from person-to-person. Travelers should observe good hygiene when traveling in areas of risk.

Viruses That Went

The WHO Southeast Asia Region was declared polio-free on March 27, 2014. The countries in this region include: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste
(however, it still remains endemic in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan)

Viruses That Came Back

As of August, the Philippines was experiencing a measles outbreak with 45,000 cases. Pakistan experienced a polio outbreak. Travelers are warned to be current on measles and polio vaccine.

Ones That Just Won't Go Away

Outbreaks of norovirus and cholera continued throughout the world, although in quite disparate settings.

Malaria—What's Better

Will 2015 be the year of the malaria vaccine? Research is brisk and exciting. See

Malaria—What's Worse

Even though more lives are being saved, malaria eradication efforts are still not working in ~100 countries that have ongoing transmission.

Natural Disasters

On April 18, 2014, an avalanche near Mt. Everest Base Camp killed 16 sherpa guides. The climbing season was halted after the tragic event.

Not So Natural Disasters

Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, with 239 passengers from 15 nations disappeared and is thought to be somewhere in the Southern Indian Ocean. Flight MH17 killed all 298 passengers and crew aboard when it crashed in eastern Ukraine.


Yellow Fever Vaccine


Rabies Vaccine shortage resolved March 2014 Imovax (NDC 49281-0250-51), Sanofi Pasteur RabAvert (NDC 63851-0501-01), Novartis

What We Knew Already: Tourism is Healthy

Whether it's "medical tourism," traveling outside the home country for medical treatment, or just getting away from home. The International Medical Travel Journal gave their first medical travel awards to winners in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (hospital, dentistry, infertility, dentistry); speciality center (UK), and others. Jordan won destination of the year.

In case you're sorely in need of a vacation, read Sebastian Filep's editorial, "Consider Prescribing Tourism," in the 2014 May/June issue of Journal of Travel Medicine. Heal thyself and book that trip.

Things We Love

GeoSentinel, Travel Medicine and Traveler Alert services: HealthMap, iJet, ProMED, Shoreland Travax, and Sitata —check out My ISTM for links to most of these.

A New Travel Acronym!

The Visiting Internet Fiancé/ée (VIF): An Emerging Group of International Travelers. In Journal of Travel Medicine September/October 2014


What were the top 7 topics for questions on the TravelMed ListServ for 2014? (after an unscientific count)
Answer: Yellow fever, malaria, rabies, JE, AMS, find a clinic, polio (there was 1 question on bot fly removal!)

Nancy Pietroski
Associate Editor

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Secretary-Treasurer's Communiqué

Peter A. Leggat
Peter A. Leggat

The Travel Medicine Magazine is a welcome initiative from our Travel Medicine News Editor, Dr Christopher Van tilburg. Informing our members of what is happening around the Society is an important task with a steadily expanding membership and a challenging one with such a great variety of member activities and programs on offer.

As the President, Dr David Shlim, highlights in his President's Note, one of the significant and distinguishing achievements of the ISTM is its international membership base, nearly 3000 members from 84 countries. This is something that the Society has worked hard to achieve and is an excellent base to continue to build a comprehensive Society for our professional Membership.

The ISTM, like any other international professional society, relies on the leaders amongst the membership to step up. During the 23 years since the foundation of the Society in 1991, there have been many leaders. On the website (, the current leaders are listed under "About ISTM" as are the past Presidents, Counsellors and Secretary Treasurers. Taking the time to count these, there have been 12 Presidents (Dr David Shlim being our 12th President) and 25 Counsellors, but only five Secretary-Treasurers. Being only the 5th Secretary-Treasurer indicates the important role my four predecessors have played in providing continuity and maintaining corporate knowledge over the formative period of the Society from 1991-2013; a role which the Executive Director, Diane Nickolson now also shares with the Secretary-Treasurer. Our first four Secretary-Treasurers of the Society were Hans Lobel (USA), Phyllis Kozarsky (USA), Frank von Sonnenburg (Germany) and David Freedman (USA). Being Secretary-Treasurer, the first from outside the USA or Europe, it has been a great privilege to follow in the footsteps of these giants of travel medicine and have the opportunity to be involved for an extended period to assist in the Society's operation and evolution.

As most members will be aware, we have elections for a President-Elect and two of the four councilors every two years. I certainly urge the leaders amongst our membership to step up when nominations are called for and to become engaged with various Committees, Interest Groups and activities on offer for ISTM members. Being a member of the Board, Committee, or Group or indeed an officer of the Society provides a unique insight into our Society and presents an opportunity to help guide the Society into the future.

Peter A. Leggat

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The International Society of Travel Medicine
Membership Benefits

Carolyn Driver

The ISTM is the largest organization of professionals dedicated to the advancement of the specialty of travel medicine. Members include physicians, nurses and other health professionals from academia, government and the private sector. ISTM invites all who are interested in travel medicine to join and participate in the advancement of this field.

ISTM Members Receive

  • Access to the only worldwide network of people working in the field of travel medicine through participating in the private, members-only My ISTM online portal, including the TravelMed ListServ with more than 2,000 members from 70 countries. The My ISTM portal also includes exclusive late-breaking travel and medical alerts and the ability to quickly and easily receive and share information with colleagues around the world.
  • Access to the Online ISTM Membership Directory and the Global Availability of Rabies Vaccine, Rabies Immune Globulin and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) Vaccines
  • Listing in the Online Global Travel Clinic Directory (over 500,000 visits each year)
  • Specialized publications including:
    • Journal of Travel Medicine the ISTM peer-reviewed scientific journal published bimonthly
    • Travel Medicine News
    • The Responsible Traveler
    • Bibliographies on focused areas in the practice of travel medicine
    • Educational Materials and Handouts, including 7 tips for The Responsible Traveler, 10 tips for Healthy Travel, and ISTM Educational Patient Cases
  • Eligibility to apply for Research Grants
  • The ability to apply for Travel Awards for CISTM Presenters
  • Exclusive alerts from and the ability to participate in GeoSentinel
  • The ability to join ISTM Member Activity Groups, including Interest Groups and Professional Groups
  • Eligibility to serve on ISTM Standing Committees
  • The opportunity to contribute to the Mission and Goals of ISTM through the ability to vote and run for the Board of ISTM
  • A special discount of more than 50% to purchase the ISTM Introduction to Travel Medicine Slide Lecture Kit.
  • Reduced registration fees of USD 150 or more for CISTM biennial worldwide congresses, RCISTM biennial regional meetings and annual ISTM training courses.
  • Discounts to purchase sessions in the Online Learning Program available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Special discounts applicable to activities in relation to the Certificate of Knowledge Program

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Travel Medicine Review and Update Course

17-19 April 2015
Toronto, Canada

The ISTM Travel Medicine Review and Update Courses provide the most current and relevant information needed by physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals who provide medical care and advice to travelers, expatriates, and migrants. Many attendees come every year to hear the latest information and remain current in their practices.

The Course provides a thorough update and review of the Body of Knowledge for the practice of travel medicine and assists in preparation for the CTH® exam and typically presents a Mock Test during the course. Participants have ample opportunities to interact with the faculty through question and answer sessions and informal discussions throughout the course.

Confirmed expert faculty:

Course Chair: Elizabeth Barnett, United States of America
Course Co Chair: Nancy Piper Jenks, United States of America
Lin H. Chen, United States of America
Kenneth L. Gamble, Canada
Jay Keystone, Canada
Kevin Kain, Canada Anne McCarthy, Canada

Course Topics to Include:

  • Travel Clinic Management and Resources
  • Travelers' Diarrhea Prevention and Management
  • Vectors, Vector-Borne Diseases, and Vector Avoidance
  • Children, Pregnant Women, and Breast feeding Travelers
  • Principles of the Immune Response
  • Routine and Travel Vaccine Overview
  • Travel Consult and Risk Assessment
  • Epidemiology/Biostatistics
  • Malaria Prevention
  • High-Risk and Special Needs Travelers
  • VFR and Business Travelers
  • Wilderness and Adventure Travelers
  • Challenging Pre- and Post-Travel Cases
  • Long-Term Travelers
  • Stings and Envenomations

Information on course, venue and registration at

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12th Certificate of Knowledge in Travel Health Examination

24 May 2015
Québec, Canada


ISTM will offer its 12th Certificate of Knowledge in Travel Medicine examination on 24 May 2015 prior to the opening of the 14th Conference of the ISTM (CISTM14) in Québec City, Canada. Offering the first international certificate devoted solely to travel health, the ISTM Certificate of Knowledge Program was developed by an international panel of travel health experts representing a variety of professional disciplines. The 200-multiple choice question exam is designed to reflect the reality of day-to-day pre-travel practice. The Certificate is a symbol of your achievement in the field - proof of your commitment to excellence. Professionals passing the exam will be granted the designation Certificate in Travel HealthTM or CTH®. ISTM members who receive this Certificate will also be recognized in the ISTM Global Travel Clinic Directory of Travel Medicine Providers and the ISTM Membership Directory.

The eligibility requirements and examination materials for the ISTM Certificate of Knowledge Program were developed based on studies of the current state of knowledge in travel medicine practice. In 1999, an international survey of expert travel medicine practitioners was conducted to define the body of knowledge for travel medicine and determine the content areas appropriate for the examination. The survey was designed to identify the knowledge used by travel medicine professionals in day-to-day practice. A representative panel of travel medicine practitioners reviewed the results of the survey and identified the body of knowledge for travel medicine based on these data. This process was most recently conducted again in 2012 based on expert review and an extensive survey of almost 700 ISTM Members and CTH® Holders. A revised body of knowledge resulted, and the content of the examination is based on this revised body of knowledge.

The examination questions are written by travel medicine practitioners and reviewed and validated by a panel of experts prior to being selected for the examination. Great care has been taken to develop exam questions that are appropriate for professionals from different geographic regions and professional disciplines.

The ISTM welcomes applications from all qualified professionals who provide travel medicine-related services on a full- or part-time basis.

Register at

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Special Interest Groups

Destination Communities Support Interest Group

Things are changing! We have decided that the name of this group has never been the easiest to remember and is in desperate need of a change in order to reflect our interests more clearly. The final decision will be made imminently, with the contenders being "Responsible Travel Group" or "One Health Group" which we hope will be a more obvious title.

Our interests currently focus around responsible travel, eco travel and the volunteer traveler. Group members have been invited to present sessions relating to these topics at many recent conferences including APTHC Vietnam and SASTM in Durban 2014. We feel it is important to include these issues within the remit of Travel Health and welcome any new ideas or initiatives. We will soon be looking for new members to join our steering committee so please contact us if you would like more information. Contact Sheila Hall — Chair

Look out for us in Québec! In an effort to raise awareness of our group, we have requested space in the exhibition area at the Québec conference in May 2015. If all goes to plan, we will be showing short videos illustrating some of the broader travel health issues being explored by the group and have information and leaflets to share. It will be an ideal opportunity to hear your views and for everyone to network and share opinions. Please come and chat, discuss and debate!

Sheila Hall
Chair Destination Communities Support Interest Group

Migrant and Refugees Health Interest Group

Members who are interested in a variety of aspects of providing health care to underserved patients with regards to travel medicine.

The Group focuses on three aspects:

  • developing migrant and refugee health,
  • proposing initiatives to increase the membership of migrant and refugee health practitioners within the ISTM,
  • and to identify specific programs or initiatives to serve the interest of migrant and refugee health

Christina Greenaway
Chair Migrant and Refugee Health Interest Group

Pediatrics Interest Group

I'm delighted to let everyone know about the "new" ISTM Pediatric Interest Group. This group has actually been in existence for some years, although it only become a formal entity in 2010. Karl Neumann, who has been a pioneer in the area of Pediatric Travel Medicine, has been a driving force behind the group. More recently Phil Fischer (Past Chair) and Diane Nickolson (ISTM Secretariat) have helped to organise us into a cohesive Council; elections were recently held for leadership positions, and I'm honoured to be Chair for the next 2 years with Stefan Hagmann as Chair-Elect.

Council members are:

Mike Starr, Australia
Stefan Hagmann, United States of America
Phillip R. Fischer, United States of America
John Christenson, United States of America
Sarah Kohl, United States of America
Eyal Leshem, Israel
Sheila Mackell, United States of America
Harunor Rashid, Australia

Pediatrics is an integral part of travel medicine, and we know that many ISTM members have a particular interest in children (including their own!) We already have over 300 members, and welcome any of you to join and contribute. As a group, there are several areas that we are involved in or planning to develop.

These include but are not limited to:

  • Promoting pediatric travel medicine within the ISTM and beyond.
  • Providing a forum within ISTM for members interested in pediatric travel medicine to communicate with each other.
  • Collating and promoting specific pediatric-oriented travel medicine information for practitioners and families.
  • Increasing awareness of established guidelines and facilitating the development of new evidence-based guidelines for management of common scenarios for pediatric travelers.
  • Establishing a database of pediatric travel medicine literature.
  • Identifying gaps in pediatric travel medicine research.
  • Facilitating future pediatric research projects.

We have a homepage, which we hope to refine and enhance. Please visit We welcome your support, feedback and ideas. Feel free to contact me

Mike Starr
Chair Pediatrics Interest Group

Psychological Health of Travelers Interest Group

The Psychological Health Travelers Interest Group has three objectives:

  • Raise awareness among those who care for travelers of the psychological issues connected with travel and the importance of considering psychological health at all stages in the patient's journey.
  • Mainstream this key aspect of health into standard travel medicine practice.
  • Develop evidence based good practice in the psychological health care of travelers, before, during, and after travel and help develop tools for identifying those most at risk.

Formed in 2009 under the leadership of Dr. Ted Lankester, the IG has worked over the years to bring to ISTM a greater awareness of the importance of psychological matters related to international travel. Two Workshops at CISTM11 and CISTM13 focused on travelers' psychological health Proposals for both a Symposium and a Pre-Conference have been submitted for the upcoming CISTM in 2015. Since 2012, the Leadership group has contributed extensively to the ISTM Body of Knowledge, assembled an interest group bibliography, submitted a Certificate of Knowledge Examination Question, and coordinated on several matters with other ISTM interest groups.

In September 2014, long time member of ISTM this interest group's leadership, Michael Jones, (United Kingdom), was selected as new Chair. Tom Valk (United States of America), became the Immediate Past Chair. Other members of the Leadership include Toby Abaya, (Philippines), Sung Mo Chung, (Vietnam), and Ted Lankester, (United Kingdom).

It is the stated objective of the group to have practice appropriate psychological screening incorporated as a matter of routine by ISTM practitioners. A second objective is to grow the interest groups in terms of numbers and participation. A third objective is to coordinate activities with the other interest groups within ISTM.

Michael Jones
Chair Psychological Health of Travelers Interest Group

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Online Learning Program

ISTM Brings Learning to Your Fingertips!

Online Learning Program

The ISTM Online Learning Program now has more than 90 travel medicine sessions available! As you'll see below, the sessions cover a broad range of topics relevant to travel medicine practitioners. Sessions range from 30 minutes to 4 hours, and offer both video and audio with or without synchronized slides. The sessions can be ordered individually or with volume discounts and are discounted for ISTM members. Once purchased, the sessions will be available for viewing over the internet for six months. For more information or to order, go to

  • Antibiotic Resistance: Mobile Bugs in a Connected World
  • Avoiding and Managing Bites and Envenomations
  • Chagas: Blood, Bugs and Oral Transmission
  • Children, Pregnant Women, and Breastfeeding Travelers
  • Dengue: Into the Future
  • Disaster Response: Haiti
  • Disease Vectors and How to Avoid Them
  • Easy to Prevent But Still Here: Measles, Pertussis, Polio
  • Emergencies in Travel Medicine
  • Emerging Economies: Changes in Travel Patterns and Differences for Pre-Travel
  • Enteric Infection and Travelers' Diarrhea
  • Environmental Risks and How to Manage Them
  • Evaluation of the Returned Traveler
  • From Pruritus to Delusional Parasitosis
  • Global Disease Epidemiology and Safety
  • How to Prevent and Manage Acute and Chronic Diarrhoea in Travelers
  • How to Start a Travel Clinic
  • Immunosuppressed Travelers: Safe Preparation
  • Leish Basics: Diagnosis and Treatment of Leishmaniasis
  • Malaria: From Research to Recommendation
  • Migrant Medicine: Practical and Clinical Aspects of Care
  • Networks and Mapping
  • One Health: Travelers and Zoonoses
  • Preparation of Last Minute Travelers
  • Prepare Relief Workers and Students
  • Pre-Travel Psychological Screening, and Post Travel Psychological Care
  • Principles of Immune Response, including Modifications for Travel
  • Psychological Health Issues in Long Term Travelers
  • Refresh! What's New in Travel and Tropical Medicine Literature
  • Risk: Perceived Versus Real, and Communication Tools
  • Risks and Costs in Travel Medicine
  • Routes of Vaccination
  • Self Management During Travel
  • Sex Tourism: What Travel Medicine Practitioners Need to Know
  • State of the Art Treatment of Imported Parasitic Diseases
  • The Anticoagulated Traveler: Issues and Answers
  • The Humanitarian Aid Worker: Ethics and Preparation
  • The Immunocompromised Traveler
  • The Traveler with Chronic Disease
  • Through the Eyes of a Migrant
  • Travel Advice: Are We Barking Up the Wrong Tree?
  • Travel Clinic Management and Travel Medicine Resources
  • Travel Medicine and Neurology
  • Travel Medicine Pharmacology
  • Travel Related Aquatic Hazards, Bites & Envenomations
  • Travel Vaccine Update: Challenges and Controversies
  • Vectors, Vector-Borne Diseases, and Vector Avoidance
  • VFR and Business Travelers
  • What Is the Diagnosis? Tests in Travelers
  • Who Should be Vaccinated? Difficult Vaccine Decisions: Yellow Fever, Rabies, and Influenza
  • Wilderness and Adventure Travel
  • Yellow Fever Risk


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Davidson Hamer
Davidson Hamer
Elizabeth Barnett
Elizabeth Barnett
Karin Leder
Karin Leder
Marc Mendelson
Marc Mendelson

There are currently 56 GeoSentinel sites and 128 network members with a presence on every continent except Antarctica.

During the last year, GeoSentinel has continued to be highly productive with more than 19,000 new records added to the database (a 10% increase in records submitted compared to the previous year), which now contains >211,000 records (as of May 31st 2014). There were nine new publications in 2013, four thus far in 2014, and 15 more in process. In addition, there are several publications that have been submitted by our collaborating partners, CanTravNet and EuroTravNet.

Future strategic directions

A strategic planning meeting was held in November 2013 in Washington, DC. There were several strategic directions discussed at the meeting including continued pathogen tracking, a stronger focus on antimicrobial resistance, improved diagnostic testing, and potentially specimen banking. A major outcome was the decision to form three new working groups, which ultimately became the following: Data Collection Task Force, Diagnostics Working Group, and Special Populations Working Group.

Leadership changes

During the last year there have been major changes in GeoSentinel leadership, with David Shlim, the CDC team (Marty Cetron, Phyllis Kozarsky, Mark Sotir, Gary Brunette, Doug Esposito, and Pauline Han) playing a major role with day-to-day operations in collaboration with the ISTM Secretariat team (Diane Nickolson, Elena Axelrod, Kathy Smith, and Sarah Thomas). Their stellar work allowed the GeoSentinel network to continue to function at a high level in this period of transition to GeoSentinel v2.0.

A new leadership team, selected in April 2014, began their new roles in June 2014. These include David Hamer (Zambia/United States of America), the new Principal Investigator; Karin Leder (Australia), the Chair of the Data Collection Task Force; Elizabeth Barnett (United States of America), Chair of the Special Populations Working Group, Marc Mendelson (South Africa), Chair of the Diagnostics Working Group; and Phyllis Kozarsky as a senior advisor.

The working groups and task force have been defining their scope of work and have enlisted GeoSentinel site members to participate in their planning activities. The preliminary goals of the Data Collection Task Force are to review and make recommendations on how to streamline and optimize the current database, and making recommendations for specific topic(s) or subsets of data for enhanced data collection. The Special Populations Working Group will initially focus on migrant populations and travelers who seek medical care outside their country of residence (medical tourists). The Diagnostics Working Group is considering studies of the etiologies of syndromic diagnoses, antimicrobial resistance, serotyping of specific pathogens, and potentially microbiome studies of gastrointestinal and respiratory disease in travelers. Initial strategic planning activities will take place in the final quarter of 2014 and will continue at the next site directors meeting in Québec City after CISTM14. We look forward to continuing to strengthen the existing network and to the development of innovative new directions for GeoSentinel v2.0.

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Travel Advice From the Pros: Altering Vaccines Protocols

Travel Advice

We're all stuck with not seeing patients on the exact interval between doses. So just how much leeway do we have? Be sure to check local guidelines, but here are some general rules.

  • Increasing the interval between doses of a multidose vaccine does not diminish the effectiveness of the vaccine
    • It is not necessary to restart the series or add doses because of an extended interval between doses
    • If a scheduled dose of a vaccine is not given on time, the dose should be given at the next visit. Available data indicate that intervals between doses longer than those routinely recommended do not affect seroconversion rate or titer when the schedule is completed. Consequently, it is not necessary to restart the series or add doses of any vaccine because of an extended interval between doses. The only exception to this rule is oral typhoid vaccine in some circumstances. Some experts recommend repeating the series of oral typhoid vaccine if the four-dose series is extended to more than 3 weeks.
  • Decreasing the interval between doses of a multidose vaccine may interfere with antibody response and protection
    • Vaccine doses administered up to 4 days before the minimum interval or age can be counted as valid. This 4-day recommendation does not apply to rabies vaccine because of the unique schedule for this vaccine (Days 0,7,21 or 28)
    • Doses administered 5 days or earlier than the minimum interval or age should not be counted as valid doses and should be repeated as age appropriate.

    Nancy Pietroski
    Associate Editor

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    Telecommunications for Travel Medicine


    A fall evening checking into the lodge Dochula Pass, Bhutan, 3150 meters I was struck by a spectacular clear view of the Himalayas, a cosy fire, and a plate of dhal. One thing stood out on my two-week tour of Bhutan: it was the only night without cell phone and internet service. In this age of telecommunications, in the most remote corners of the globe—the hill country of Haiti; at 5200 meters in Gorek Shep, Nepal; atop 5895-meter-high Mount Kilimanjaro; anywhere above treeline on Mount Hood—we are connected. Here is a smattering of my favorites space- and weight-efficient telecom devices for expeditions and mountain rescue missions.

    Although my Apple iPhone works all over the world, I also carry an inexpensive Samsung phone which accommodates two SIM cards and holds a charge for a two weeks with limited use.

    Asus T100 notebook is my favorite option for using a tablet with a keyboard mostly because it has durable flash memory. For field work, the Panasonic Toughbook series is armoured for austere conditions.

    Coghlan's Portable Power Pack provides cell and computer power via a battery you can charge via USB plug, a small solar panel or a dynamo (which is a hand crank). Although I still prefer using lithium AA batteries as backup whenever possible.

    Suunto watches have long been my pick for adventure travel—I'm still using my Vector after 18 years. The new Ambit2 is USB-rechargeable wrist-top GPS with surprising accuracy. For a full size GPS, our team uses Garmin Map62.

    I have a superbright Gemini Xera 950-lumin headlamp with a 2-cell battery and both head and helmet straps. The Princeton Tec Vizz is a good AAA batteries backup producing 165 lumens.

    For short callouts with no notice, I may rely on my iPhone for images, but for documenting rescues and training, I use the compact Panasonic DMC-ZS5.

    Radios come ultra compact now, like the Yaesu VX-3R, clocking in at 4.6 ounces (although FCC regulations prohibit certain uses and a license is required).

    Christopher Van Tilburg

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    The Journal of Travel Medicine


    The Journal of Travel Medicine (JTM) is published 6 times per year and all ISTM memberships include a subscription for print and online access. The JTM transports you to the challenging areas of the field with up-to-date research and original, peer-reviewed articles on

    • Epidemiology of health risks among various groups of travelers, including migrants, refugees
    • Aspects of adventure travel, e.g. diving, effects of high altitude
    • Travel related aspects of occupational and military medicine
    • Prevention of illness and accidents in travelers, e.g. by education, immunization, medication
    • Diagnosis, clinical management and therapy of travel and migration associated disease
    • Self-therapy abroad, including travel kit
    • Impact of travel on host countries

    The ISTM greatly appreciates the contributions of the JTM Editorial Board:

    Editor-in-Chief: Eric Caumes, France
    Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Charles D. Ericsson, United States of America
    Editorial Board
    Paul M. Arguin, United States of America
    Buddha Basnyat, Nepal
    Irmgard Bauer, Australia
    Ronald H. Behrens, United Kingdom
    Mads Buhl, Denmark
    Gerd Burchard, Germany
    Francesco Castelli, Italy
    Santanu Chatterjee, India
    Lin H. Chen, United States of America
    Bradley A. Connor, United States of America
    David O. Freedman, United States of America
    Alfons van Gompel, Belgium
    Brian Gushulak, Canada
    Martin Haditsch, Austria
    Davidson H. Hamer, United States of America
    Christoph Hatz, Switzerland
    David R. Hill, United States of America
    Mikio Kimura, Japan
    Herwig Kollaritsch, Austria
    Karin Leder, Australia
    Poh Lian Lim, Singapore
    Rogelio Lopéz-Vélez, Spain
    Marc Mendelson, South Africa
    Hans D. Nothdurft, Germany
    Watcharapong Piyaphanee, Thailand
    Lars Rombo, Sweden
    Mary Ross, South Africa
    Eli Schwartz, Israel
    Marie-Louise Scully, United States of America
    Marc Shaw, New Zealand
    David R. Shlim, United States of America
    Kitty Smith, United Kingdom
    Annelies Wilder-Smith, Singapore
    Rudy Zimmer, Canada

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    Leaders of the ISTM

    ISTM Executive Board

    President: David R. Shlim, United States of America*
    Immediate Past President: Fiona Genasi, United Kingdom*
    President-Elect: Annelies Wilder-Smith, Singapore*
    Francesco Castelli, Italy*
    Davidson Hamer, United States of America*
    Karin Leder, Australia*
    Marc Mendelson, South Africa*
    Secretary-Treasurer: Peter A. Leggat, Australia
    Executive Director: Diane L. Nickolson, United States of America
    *Voting Members

    ISTM Publication Editors

    Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Travel Medicine: Eric Caumes, France
    Travel Medicine News Editor: Christopher Van Tilburg, United States of America
    ISTM Website Editor: Hans D. Nothdurft, Germany

    ISTM Standing Committees

    Continuing Professional Development

    Chair: Phyllis Kozarsky, United States of America
    Masatoki Adachi, Japan
    Richard Dawood, United Kingdom
    Jeff Goad, United States of America
    Androula Pavli, Greece
    Gilles Poumerol, Switzerland
    Gail Rosselot, United States of America
    Philip Scappatura, Canada
    Eli Schwartz, Israel
    Hilary Simons, United Kingdom
    Robert Steffen, Switzerland
    Kenneth Dardick, Examination Committee Liaison


    Chair: Kenneth Dardick, United States
    Co-Chair: Pierre Landry, Switzerland
    Jesse Alves, Brazil
    Paul Arguin, United States of America
    Brian Aw, Canada
    Buddha Basnyat, Nepal
    Philip E. Coyne Jr., United States of America
    Fabio Foti, Italy
    Jeff Goad, United States of America
    Martin Haditsch, Austria
    Davidson Hamer, United States of America
    Mikio Kimura, Japan
    Sonny Lau, Australia
    Susan MacDonald, Canada
    Marc Robin, United States of America
    David Roque, United States of America
    Elaine Rosenblatt, United States of America
    Eli Schwartz, Israel
    David R. Shlim, United States of America
    Stephen Toovey, Switzerland
    Alfons van Gompel, Belgium
    Claire Wong, New Zealand


    Chair: Robert Steffen, Switzerland
    WHO Liaison: Louis Loutan, Switzerland
    APTHS Liaison: Anthony Gherardin, Australia
    CDC Liaison: Phyllis Kozarsky, United States of America
    NECTM Liaison: Fiona Genasi, United Kingdom

    Professional Education

    Chair: Mary-Louise Scully, United States of America
    Co-Chair: Marc Shaw, New Zealand
    Susan Anderson, United States of America
    Elizabeth Barnett, United States of America
    Michele Barry, United States of America
    Frank Bia, United States of America
    Garth Brink, South Africa
    I. Dale Carroll, United States of America
    Lin H. Chen, United States of America
    Vanessa Field, United Kingdom
    Philippe Gautret, France
    Ian Heslop, Australia
    David R. Hill, United States of America
    Nancy Piper Jenks, United States of America
    George C. Kassianos, United Kingdom
    Susan L.F. McLellan, United States of America
    Margot Muetsch, Switzerland
    Gail Rosselot, United States of America


    Chair: Joseph Torresi, Australia
    Website Editor: Hans Dieter Nothdurft, Germany
    Journal Editor: Eric Caumes, France
    Newsletter Editor: Christopher Van Tilburg, United States of America
    Charles Ericsson, United States of America
    Vanessa Field, United Kingdom
    Alexandra Grieve, United Kingdom
    Philippe Parola, France
    Matthias Schmid, United Kingdom
    Stephen Toovey, Switzerland

    Research and Awards

    Chair: Martin Grobusch, The Netherlands
    Co-Chair: Elizabeth Barnett, United States of America
    Stefan Hagmann, United States of America
    Davidson Hamer, United States of America
    Karl Hess, United States of America
    Emily Jentes, United States of America
    Karin Leder, Australia
    Susan L.F. McLellan, United States of America
    Mark Riddle, United States of America
    Leo Visser, The Netherlands
    Adrienne Willcox, United Kingdom

    Interest Groups Leadership Councils

    Destination Communities Support

    Chair: Sheila Hall, United Kingdom
    Immediate Past Chair: Garth Brink, South Africa
    Irmgard Bauer, Australia
    Santanu Chatterjee, India
    Martin Haditsch, Austria and Germany
    Susanna Maybin, United Kingdom

    Migrant and Refugee Health

    Chair: Christina Greenaway, Canada
    Chair-Elect: Jose Flores, Mexico
    Immediate Past Chair: Elizabeth Barnett, United States of America
    Masatoki Adachi, Japan
    Prajwol Joshi, United States of America
    Ann McDonald, United Kingdom
    William Stauffer, United States of America
    Board Advisor, Francesco Castelli, Italy


    Chair: Mike Starr, Australia
    Chair-Elect: Stefan Hagmann, United States of America
    Immediate Past Chair: Phillip R. Fischer, United States of America
    John Christenson, United States of America
    Sarah Kohl, United States of America
    Eyal Leshem, Israel
    Sheila Mackell, United States of America
    Harunor Rashid, Australia

    Psychological Health of Travelers

    Chair: Michael Jones, United Kingdom
    Immediate Past Chair: Thomas Valk, United States of America
    Antonio Roberto Abaya, Philippines
    Sung Mo Chung, Vietnam
    Ted Lankester, United Kingdom

    Professional Group Leadership Councils


    Chair: Carolyn Driver, United Kingdom
    Immediate Past Chair: Gail Rosselot, United States of America
    Sue Ann McDevitt, Unites States of America
    Jacqueline Mier, United States of America
    Lani Ramsey, Australia
    Cindy Rugsten, Australia
    Nahoko Sato, Japan
    Hilary Jane Simons, United Kingdom
    Claire Wong, New Zealand


    Chair: Claudine Leuthold, Switzerland
    Chair-Elect: Lee Baker, South Africa
    Immediate Past Chair: Jeff Goad, United States of America
    Derek Evans, United Kingdom
    Larry Goodyer, United Kingdom
    Karl Hess, United States of America
    Sheila Seed, United States of America
    Rick Siemans, Canada
    Julia Walker, Canada


    Principal Investigator: Davidson Hamer, United States of America
    Elizabeth Barnett, United States of America
    Marc Mendelson, South Africa
    Task Force Chair: Karin Leder, Australia
    Special Advisor: Phyllis Kozarsky, United States of America
    CanTravNet: Michael Libman, Canada
    EuroTravNet: Philippe Parola, France

    North American Review Course

    Chair: Elizabeth Barnett, United States of America
    Co-Chair: Nancy Piper Jenks, United States of America


    Executive Director: Diane L. Nickolson
    Data and Finance Manager: Elena Axelrod
    Project Administrator: Katherine Smith
    Project Coordinator: Sarah Thomas
    Member and Customer Service Coordinator: Daveen Capers