Revista chilena de infectología
versión ISSN 0716-1018
ESPOSTO, Amadeo et al. First Travel Medicine Center in a public hospital from Buenos Aires Province, Argentina Republic: The first 2 years of experience. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2012, vol.29, n.3, pp. 273-277. ISSN 0716-1018. doi: 10.4067/S0716-10182012000300004.
Introduction: Although Buenos Aires is the biggest province in Argentina, there was no program for Travel Medicine in any public hospital until 2008, when the Travel Medicine Center (CEMEVI) was established in our hospital. Objective: To analyze the first 24 months of experience in the CEMEVI. Results: A total of 278 travelers were assisted. Most of them consulted before traveling (pre-travel visits). The most common destinations were countries in South America and urban as well as rural areas. Travelling to malaria and yellow fever endemic countries represented 35% and 16% of the total of destinations, respectively. Only 4% were post-travel interviews. Conclusion: It is feasible and frutful to implement a Travel Medicine Center in the public health system.
Palabras clave : Travel clinics; travellers; pre-travel consultation; travel advice.