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Study shows most overseas travelers don't seek information on health risks

A new study suggests that travelers who're planning trips abroad should think about more than shopping and sunscreen. The findings from The American Society of Travel Agents suggest more people should think about protecting themselves against deadly diseases.

Researchers say less than 20-percent of those surveyed protected themselves against deadly diseases by seeing a doctor about health risks. Doctor Karl Neumann, a travel health expert, says the most common diseases that people can be protected against are malaria, hepatitis-A and hepatitis-B. Neumann says "these are the most common preventable diseases that travelers get."

Neumann says travel agents and travel health experts should advise people on the shots that they should get before they head abroad. He also says web sites -- such as "travelsafely-dot-com" provide good information.

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