When you're on a cruise or sailing, it's easy to feel like you don't have a care in the world. In fact, beside seasickness, you might not even consider the prospect of getting ill. But maybe you should, because there are a few particularly aggressive diseases you can get at sea. Sure, you can get most of them on land, too. But there's a much bigger risk of these nasty ocean diseases when you're packed in close quarters on a ship and surrounded by water-loving mosquitoes.
Not all diseases you can get on the ocean are that serious. They can be itchy, annoying, and uncomfortable, but that's about it. Still, others will not only ruin your trip, but could actually kill you. Whether you're a sailor by trade or just someone sailing on vacation, there are a whole lot of medical conditions that are likely to hit you harder because you're out on the ocean.Take a look at these medical risks before you head out to sea. Oh, and stock up on mosquito repellent.