We understand that you are thinking about traveling to Utah. And, certainly, there are a number of great reasons to do so. You can read all about them throughout this website. But, we would be remiss if we didn’t also discuss with you the most common illnesses in Utah. This way you can make an informed decision before packing your bags and planning your excursions.
True Health Diagnostics makes early disease detection its goal. Its founder, Chris Grottenthaler, designed it to act as a specialty lab for the purpose of identifying diseases early on. They focus mostly on the early detection of cancer, diabetes, autoimmune issues, cardiovascular disease, and other illnesses and genetic disorders. Therefore, if you came in contact with any of the communicable illnesses on our list, this lab would be a great asset.
Top 7 Communicable Illnesses Common to Utah
No matter where you choose to travel, there is always the potential to get sick. However, knowing what you may be up against will certainly help you prepare accordingly. That is why we have chosen to compile a list of the top 7 communicable illnesses common to Utah. Some of them can be readily avoided, but you’ll learn more about that here. For now, please be advised, that these illnesses are common:
- Chlamydia- In 2015, there were nearly 9000 cases reported. That’s a 3.2% increase from the year before. Chlamydia is very common and 7 out of 10 people who are infected will show no symptomology. It’s a bacterial infection that can cause pain or burning when urinating, abnormal discharge, swollen testicles, pain, and other issues with the anus.
- Hepatitis C, past or present– There were nearly 2000 cases of this in 2015. It represents as inflammation of the liver. A number of things can cause it including: heavy alcohol consumption, bacterial and viral infections, drugs, and some other diseases.
- Gonorrhea– Occurring in more than 1500 people in Utah during 2015, this is commonly known as the drip, or clap. It is caused by a bacteria that likes to live in warm, moist, environments. Its symptoms include: conjunctivitis, pelvic pain, discharge, swelling, and is commonly mistaken for a yeast infection.
- Influenza (with hospitalization)- We know this one pretty well, it’s the flu. Symptoms include fever, chills, pain, vomiting, and other nasties no one wants.
- Pertussis (whooping cough)- This can be particularly bad when it affects babies. It will appear in the form of cold like symptoms and usually arrives 5-10 days after initial exposure. Most people blow it off because it seems like little more than a cold but it can get very serious.
- Salmonellosis- This is the fancy way of saying, salmonella poisoning. It’s caused by bacteria and is most common during the summer months. Children are particularly susceptible, as are people with lowered immune systems. Learn more.
- Camplybacteriosis- This is a foodborne illness that causes fever, pain, inflammatory or bloody diarrhea, and cramps. It’s caused by a bacteria, C. jejuni, although sometimes it is attributed to C. coli, C. lari, and C. upsaliensis. It can cause tissue injury in the gut and even the colon.
If you noticed, there are two illnesses on this list that can be readily avoided by choosing abstinence. We recommend that for your safety and your emotions. You can learn more about its value here. In the meantime, consider other ways to avoid the additional illnesses on this list.