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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…

We’ve all been there before. It’s day two of your trip and you have horrible food poisoning. Or you’re lobster red after the first day at the beach. As much as we plan a trip down to the last detail, we must also accept that sometimes things end up going down the tubes. While you can’t always avoid illness or…

Last week, Mexico’s top epidemiological official reported a rise in the number of cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) throughout the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.  The disease is moving towards Tamaulipas state and is getting closer to the United States border.  The recent flooding in Mexico has been a factor in the increased number of cases, with some 1,900…

Last month, the South African National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF), a viral illness that generally produces relatively mild symptoms of fever, headache, and muscle pains but on rare occasions can lead to internal bleeding, inflammation of the brain and eyes, and even death. This news raises some eyebrows, coming on the…

The US military announced on February 27 that 6 soldiers involved in the Haiti earthquake relief have been diagnosed with malaria. One day later, health authorities declared a dengue fever epidemic in Puerto Rico, which reported 210 cases in January. These news stories are a reminder that relief workers and tourists in the Caribbean face dangerous threats. Serving in Haiti…

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