Thai Travel Clinic

Hospital for Tropical Diseases
Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University


Research Project:

Knowledge, attitude and practice study on Japanese encephalitis, Dengue and Zika among long term expatriates from non-endemic countries residing in Thailand 


Background of the research:


Expatriate is a person who living in a foreign country for a certain period of time. Due to the difference in sociocultural, medical and psychological factors; health problems are unavoidable issues while living outside their native country. Moreover, expatriate will express a unique health risk from co-circulating mosquito borne flavivirus such as Japanese encephalitis, dengue and Zika. These diseases will cause morbidity and mortality not only in local population but also expatriate who live in Thailand and Southeast Asian countries.

The objective of this study is evaluating proportion and identifying associative factors on level of knowledge, attitude and practice on mosquito borne diseases among long term expatriates. The result will be applied for tailor made in pre-travel counselling to any expatriate or traveler and will provide precious prospective view for physicians and health authorities.


Eligible participants

  1. Expatriates residing in Thailand or Southeast Asian countries for one year or more cumulatively. In order to minimize historical exposure to other flaviviruses in their home country, an eligible expatriate will be defined as a person born and have nationality in The US, Canada, Europe, Middle Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
  2. Age more than 18-year-old.
  3. Able to read and understand English questionnaire.


Detail and method of the study

             This is a questionnaire base study. Eligible participants will be invited to fill three pages questionnaire which will ask about the demographic data of participants, their knowledge, attitude and practices on those three diseases. All information will be entirely anonymous since using coding system for each participant so that it is not possible to link to any participant in the study.

              This research is a part of the Residency Training in Travel Medicine and the Master Degree of Clinical Tropical Medicine (MCTM) course.

              The principle investigator of this research is Dr. Amornphat Kitro.

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Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.
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