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European Measles Epidemic: Regional Outbreak in Decline, but Romania Continues to Bear the Brunt of Disease Activity

Measles transmission is continuing to decline across the region, though risk of infection remains highest in Romania. Greece is currently experiencing a measles outbreak, primarily in southern areas. Regardless of country of destination, health experts recommend that expatriates, students, and business travelers ensure they receive a booster immunization against measles, which remains a significant risk in the region.
2017 Flu Outbreak

Flu Season: Is Your Workplace Prepared?

Influenza (or flu) season has begun in the Northern Hemisphere, where flu activity will continue to increase in the coming months. Even though the flu is a highly contagious and can cause potentially serious disease, many employers do not recognize it as a significant threat and likely suffer losses to their bottom line as a result. In fact, the US Department of Health & Human Services estimates that nearly USD 7 billion dollars are lost in productivity every year due to employee absenteeism because of the flu. Furthermore, the US CDC states that influenza costs the US roughly USD 10 billion in medical visits each year. Fortunately, employers can use a number of straightforward strategies to prevent the spread of influenza in the workplace.
World Malaria Report 2017 Infographic

Global Malaria Report 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Technical Strategies for Malaria set certain goals for malaria reduction and elimination. Unfortunately, the world is not currently on track to meet milestones set for 2020. While many improvements were made in the last decade, funding shortages to support spraying and insecticide-treated bednets has fallen behind in recent years. The World Malaria Report provides a comprehensive overview of progress in the fight against malaria, including an up-to-date assessment of malaria-related policies in endemic countries.
Traveling with Diabetes

Traveling and Living Well With Diabetes

November 14 is designated as World Diabetes Day, an awareness campaign promoting prevention, testing, and treatment at all stages of disease development. Personal diabetes-related supplies, medication, and equipment may cause confusion and delays at some airport screening checkpoints. Diabetes testing supplies may be difficult to obtain or unavailable in many countries. Read on for tips on traveling with diabetic testing supplies, adapting to differing climates, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while abroad.
Plague Outbreak in Madagascar

Plague Outbreak in Madagascar: Should I Panic?

Many media outlets are sensationalizing the current plague outbreak in Madagascar and its risk of spreading to neighboring countries. According to the most recent situation report from the WHO, dated Oct. 31, plague activity in Madagascar is decreasing following the implementation of coordinated and strategic approaches to prevent, detect, and control disease activity. As of Oct. 30, health officials have identified approximately 1,800 plague cases, including 127 related deaths, since the start of the outbreak in August. Disease activity has occurred in multiple regions, though the majority of cases have occurred in Analamanga Region.
Know the warning signs of stroke

Workplace Preparedness: Stroke Warning Signs

The World Health Organization established October 29 as World Stroke Day in order to raise public awareness about strokes. This day can be used by employers to raise awareness about strokes and is also a useful opportunity to raise awareness about transient ischemic attacks, or “mini-strokes.” Transient ischemic attacks tend to be milder than strokes, and because the symptoms usually dissipate within a few minutes, many people delay seeking medical care for mini-strokes. However, mini-strokes are medical emergencies and, like strokes, they require immediate medical attention.
Know the health effects of smoke exposure

Health Effects of Smoke Exposure

Dry weather conditions increase the potential for wildfires. The hazards of wildfires can extend well beyond the fire itself. Stay alert for wildfire warnings and take action to protect yourself from wildfire smoke. Smoke from wildfires and large structure fires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees, plants, and building materials. Ultra-tiny particles in smoke can bypass the protective filtering mechanisms in airways and lodge deep in the lungs and enter the bloodstream. Such smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.

"Super Malaria" -- It's Treatable

The strain of multidrug-resistant malaria described by media as “super malaria” has been present for years in the eastern Greater Mekong subregion and was first identified in western Cambodia during 2008. It has since spread to northeastern Thailand, southern Laos, and southern Vietnam.  strain of multidrug-resistant malaria described by media as “super malaria” has been present for years in the eastern Greater Mekong subregion and was first identified in western Cambodia during 2008. It has since spread to northeastern Thailand, southern Laos, and southern Vietnam.   The strain of multidrug-resistant malaria described by media as “super malaria” has been present for years in the eastern Greater Mekong subregion and was first identified in western Cambodia during 2008. It has since spread to northeastern Thailand, southern Laos, and southern Vietnam.

Staying Healthy During The Hajj

The 2017 Hajj – the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and the largest mass gathering in the world – is expected to take place Aug. 30 to Sept. 4. Officials will likely identify sporadic outbreaks of diarrheal, respiratory, or bloodborne diseases during and immediately following the Hajj. Those with pre-existing heart or respiratory conditions are more likely to experience negative health consequences when participating in Hajj events.

Zika Mosquitoes - Distribution of "Aedes aegypti" in the US

The mosquitoes capable of transmitting Zika virus are not present in most US states; therefore, local Zika virus transmission is not possible in much of the country. However, these mosquitoes are common in southern states. Most Zika virus cases in the continental United States are identified among travelers returning to the US from countries with ongoing Zika virus transmission. Despite concerns about these imported cases, the Aedes mosquitoes that transmit Zika virus are not present in most US states, making local Zika virus transmission impossible in much of the US.

Summer is Here! Protect Yourself From the Heat

With summer almost upon the Northern Hemisphere, the first heat waves have already caused disruptions. Excessive heat watches have been issued for southwestern US states and southern UK. While the range of temperatures are vastly different in both areas (43 C in the US compared to 33 C in the UK), it’s important to keep in mind that individuals react differently to temperature. In order to avoid heat-related illnesses it is crucial to protect yourself from heat and sun exposure.

Outbreak of Hepatitis in Europe and Potential Impact on Upcoming Pride Festivals

Health officials reported an outbreak of hepatitis in Europe in June-July 2016 starting in England, Italy, and Spain. Since then, disease activity has consistently increased and spread to 12 countries – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, and Sweden (map). As of May 17, the ECDC has reported 1,173 confirmed hepatitis A cases in Europe since June 2016, with most of the cases being transmitted due to unsafe sexual practices among men who have sex with men (MSM).