PSA: Infectious Disease Alert

You got vaccinated for Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis D, Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Yellow Fever and even Human Papillomavirus before your trip, but there is one medical condition you may have forgotten about.  Even I, as an experienced traveler, am prone to forgetting about this one:

Australia Simplex

The symptoms of Australia Simplex include sore throat, coughing, sneezing and a runny nose.  In fact, in many ways, they mirror the common cold.

There is only one known method through which Australia Simplex is transmitted: making out with Australian backpackers.

There are no known ways to reduce the risk of transmission other than abstaining from kissing  Australian backpackers.

Treatment includes effervescent cold medications (if you’re lucky), regular cold medications, or sweet, lemony, medicated powdered drinks (if you’re really unlucky).

So protect yourselves, travelers!  Keep your tongues in your own mouth, or at the very least find a New Zealander!  Don’t make the same mistake I do, year after year, trip after trip, Australian after Australian…

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3 responses to “PSA: Infectious Disease Alert

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  3. Ha. You may be interested in some further research I have personally carried out . It doesn’t have to be Australian backpackers but Australians in general. I found after making out with Australians I got cold like symptoms. I always put it down to the walk if shame at 3.30am in shorts and a tshirt or the unsanitary conditions of my hostel but maybe it was the people!

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