Do I need to take pills, shots, etc. to combat tropical diseases?
While the risk of contracting a tropical disease is rare, the possibility does exist. We stay in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta for their recommendations on inoculations and preventative medications. The majority of the diseases that are serious are associated with more densely populated areas. Mosquitos transmit diseases like malaria and yellow fever from one host to another. Because you are fishing in areas with very little human population, this lowers your risk. Hepatitis A is probably the most prevalent disease that confronts any traveler, be it a luxury vacation to the Caribbean or a fishing expedition. This disease can be contracted by drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated food and is very commonly associated with improper food handling and preparation.