A day at the beach: delightful, restorative – and potentially dangerous.
Leisure activities, from the mundane to the exotic, expose us to a growing list of pathogenic microbes, some new and many increasingly resistant to current therapies. Common pets, livestock, traveling, and cuisine all have the potential to cause illnesses that may be difficult to diagnose and treat.
Engagingly written by a team of infectious disease specialists and edited by David Schlossberg, Infections of Leisure features 19 chapters focused on the infection risks associated with particular types of activities, including camping, playing sports, interacting with animals, receiving body modifications, and mountain climbing. This new edition includes vibrant, full-color images, recommended readings chosen by expert authors, and practical tips in each chapter.
Useful for health care professionals, microbiologists, and infectious diseases specialists, the information in Infections of Leisure will support confident identification of leisure-associated infections and enable informed choices, as well as provide an understanding of the risks posed to human health by hobbies, exotic foods and travel.
Preface to the First Edition
1 Infections and Intoxications from the Ocean: Risks of the Shore
2 Infections Acquired via Fresh Water: from Lakes to Hot Tubs
3 Arthropod-Borne Diseases: the Camper’s Uninvited Guests
4 Infections Acquired in the Garden
5 Diseases Transmitted by Man’s Best Friend: the Dog
6 Diseases Transmitted by Cats
7 Diseases Transmitted by Birds
8 Diseases Transmitted by Less Common House Pets
9 Diseases Transmitted by Man’s Worst Friend: the Rat
10 Diseases Transmitted by Domestic Livestock: Perils of the Petting Zoo
11 The Ancient Curse: Rabies
12 Sports: the Infectious Hazards
13 Infectious Risks of Traveling Abroad
14 Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Travel: from Boudoir to Bordello
15 Infections from Body Piercing and Tattoos
16 Infectious Diseases at High Altitude
17 Infectious Risks of Air Travel
18 Infections on Cruise Ships
19 Infections Associated with Exotic Cuisine: the Dangers of Delicacies