Category Archives Infectious Disease

Mosquito carrying Zika Virus

Since entering the public health spotlight during the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Zika virus has become a major concern for travelers everywhere. You’ve likely seen images of workers spraying pesticides and the devastating effects the virus can have on the youngest members of our society. But who’s at risk, where should you avoid traveling, and what precautions should you take?…

Does all the news about the Zika virus have you concerned about your next trip? Hopefully the answers to these common questions will help address your concerns. So what is Zika virus? Zika virus occurs in a large number of tropical countries, and there is currently a large outbreak in Brazil and other parts of the Americas. People get Zika…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering issuing a travel warning about Zika virus due to it rapidly spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean. The travel warning would be especially important for pregnant women – the once obscure Zika virus is believed to cause catastrophic birth defects. There’s a growing concern among researchers that the virus…

Sailing Off: Cruise Around the World without Getting Sick

Norovirus. It’s the worst nightmare of cruise lines and cruise ship passengers alike. When an outbreak occurs on a ship full of people, the ship’s staff scrambles to contain it and sanitize, passengers deal with the nasty symptoms of the illness or fear catching it, and the cruise line company’s PR department goes into crisis mode. According to the Centers…

ebola virus

You couldn’t turn on the news or open a newspaper this past October without being blasted with Ebola headlines. When the Ebola virus found its way into the U.S., panic ensued. People were afraid of coming in contact with the potentially deadly virus, especially on planes and in hospitals. After a few months went by and those U.S. citizens sickened…

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When you’re getting ready for a trip, either for business or pleasure, you think about all the things you need to do before you leave. Make sure someone is holding your mail, arrange care for your pets, pack your clothes and toiletries, and more. But do you think about your health before you leave? If you’re traveling internationally, especially to…

Spread the Word

If you look at the big picture, to date the Ebola virus has been primarily contained to West Africa. Yes, there have been cases reported outside of West Africa and yes, it is a very serious disease. However, the panic and anxiety over its threat potential is rapidly spreading globally through contact with the Internet, TV, radio, newspapers and magazines.…

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