Health Risks in the Philippines



The Philippines is a tropical country and, just like any other, most of the health risks that exist are mosquito-borne and may exist all year round.

Dengue fever is particularly rampant during the rainy season, especially from May to November. Also, cases of Japanese encephalitis, which is another mosquito-borne disease, have been reported in some rural areas. Dengue fever starts off as a normal feverish episode with symptoms including rashes and hemorrhage in advanced stages. Japanese encephalitis, on the other hand, is similar to the common flu, but this causes neurological damage, in the long run, when proper precautions are not taken. Other health risks include tuberculosis, measles and malaria in some rural areas.

Rabies may also be a risk, but only in crowded neighborhoods. However, even with these health risks, the right precautions and public or private health insurance in the Philippines will often be enough to make an expat feel secure.

To manage food or water-related health risks, it is important not to drink water unless it is bottled or unless the safety of water supply in the area is ascertained. In most major areas, this is not a problem, but on the outskirts, it is best to avoid tap water.

No one wants to deal with health risks during travel, but things like these may be inevitable no matter what part of the globe one is visiting. Thus, is it important to be prepared by obtaining the right vaccinations and practicing the right precautionary measures. Having international health insurance while in the Philippines provides extra medical security for expats.