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Am I more likely to get a viral skin infection in some areas of the world?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Skin infections and other problems are one of the top illnesses for travelers to report on their return home. The most frequent skin infections in travelers are bacterial and fungal, but some viral infections do affect the skin. For example, dengue fever is caused by any one of four types of dengue virus; along with other symptoms, people infected by the virus may have a skin rash. If you have recently traveled and are concerned about changes you have noticed in your skin, you should talk to your doctor.

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