Posts By Mike Hartung

Ebola Remedies

The media has covered Ebola like a blanket for the past several weeks. But the reality is that this outbreak has been an issue for much longer than the media has reported. The Ebola epidemic began in Guinea at the end of 2013 and has spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. While their proximity plays an obvious role in the…

Ebola Virus

With the Ebola outbreak now extended past its original borders of West Africa, you’re very possibly wondering why those highly trained healthcare providers are the ones in the media spotlight for contracting the virus. Is it due to human error? A lapse in protocol? Not enough protocol? Doctors and nurses have courageously put themselves on the frontlines of this epidemic.…

A Million Steps

Making a pilgrimage has a special allure for those seeking spiritual health and physical well-being, and the 500 mile path along the northern tier of Spain known as the Camino de Santiago draws a global crowd of pilgrims. A new, detailed first-hand account of the trek entitled A Million Steps by Kurt Koontz sweeps readers along step-by-step through the daily…

As sponsor of the Healthy Travel Blog, the Global Citizens Associaiton is dedicated to promoting safe and healthy international travel. Now GCA has launched a new website with authoritative, destination-specific advice and special services such as mPassport®, a powerful and convenient mobile tool that quickly connects world travelers to carefully selected local doctors and hospitals all around the world Free…

Relying on recent research by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have alerted travelers to new vaccination requirements for yellow fever. Nearly three dozen countries (see list below) have raised entrance requirements to include proof of vaccination for travelers who spend upwards of twelve hours in transit through countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. The…

HTB makes a point of keeping up with the annual selections of www.ethicaltraveler.org to highlight countries leading the way in environmental protection, social welfare and human rights. Their latest list has seven holdovers from 2011—Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, Latvia, Palau and Uruguay — and a diverse group of three newcomers: Serbia, Mauritius and The Bahamas. Serbia scored high for…

A look back at the violence in Mexico last year finds drug war fatalities increasing 11% over 2010, raising the prospect that there is no end in sight after five years of war and nearly 50,000 dead. Of course, the worst violence is centered in a few provinces (see map). Visitors to Mexico should know that the casualties are heavily…

A multi-year investment of $500 million USD by the Gates Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline and the U.S. government has yielded partial success in the search for a malaria vaccine. A recent report in the Wall Street Journal relays the results of a clinical trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicating that three doses of the vaccine can cut the…

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