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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.
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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.
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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.

"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.
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Gaps in Vaccination Coverage: Measles Outbreaks in Europe

Vaccination standards and requirements vary by country in Europe. Therefore, sporadic outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases - including measles - are not uncommon. However, the potential for large outbreaks occurs when immunization coverage drops below 95 percent, and the population of unvaccinated individuals in the European Union (EU) has increased in recent years. This is thought to be due, at least in part, to declining childhood vaccination rates in response to perceived risks, fear, and speculation regarding an incorrect and disproven association between vaccines and autism...

Potential Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage in the US

The current outbreak of yellow fever in Brazil, has also strained existing stock, and Sanofi Pasteur, the manufacturer of yellow fever vaccine, has announced that once exhausted, no additional product will be available until mid-2018. Given the anticipated critical shortage, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of an alternate vaccine; Stamaril, to protect against this disease. Stamaril, available in Europe, had not previously been used for US residents and is considered “experimental” by US authorities.

US Officials Contemplate Third MMR Vaccine Dose in Light of Rising Mumps Outbreaks

Due to the increasing number of mumps outbreaks in highly vaccinated communities, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) – a group of experts that provides advice regarding vaccine recommendations for children and adults in the US – announced in February that they will be looking into whether a third dose of the MMR vaccine should be recommended. The outcome of this deliberation is not expected until February 2018.
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Spread of Yellow Fever in Eastern Brazil Triggers New Vaccination Recommendations

Yellow fever activity in Brazil has occurred in areas near the Atlantic coast that were previously not considered to be at risk for disease transmission. As a result, the WHO and Brazilian Ministry of Health have issued new yellow fever vaccination recommendations for southern Bahia State, EspĂ­rito Santo State, and northern Rio de Janeiro State - all of which were areas previously not considered at risk for disease transmission. Additional areas along the Atlantic coast could be added to the list of places where the yellow fever vaccination is recommended in the coming weeks.

Bird Flu: What You Need to Know

Bird flu or avian influenza, has recently generated significant international media attention due to widespread activity in many regions. Although many people worry about the threat of avian influenza to humans, the greater threat is the economic impact associated with outbreaks in poultry.

Flu Season: Northern Hemisphere Update

Influenza does not need to reach pandemic status to affect business continuity; seasonal influenza accounts for USD billions per year in economic losses in the US alone. Has your office properly prepared for the flu season? With the influenza activity expected to continue for the coming weeks, it's not too late to implement preventative measures.
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Pre-Travel Health Planning Can Help You Avoid Common Issues

Pre-travel health planning is paramount. Travelers can face a variety of health-related threats while traveling abroad from infectious diseases and injury to exacerbating pre-existing medical conditions. Fortunately, many of these issues can be mitigated and even prevented prior to departure. Let's take a look at some basic and proactive pre-travel health measures you should consider before any international trip.

Expat Depression: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms

Stressful life events, and the multiple stressful events encountered by the modern expatriate global worker can result in depression. Depression is a real concern in the workplace, because it is triggered by the high levels of stress often encountered by the modern worker, impacts performance, and correlates with a high risk of suicide. Moreover, depression has been observed to be one of the most common psychological problems among expatriates.
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World Water Week: How Preparations Today Can Mitigate A Crisis Tomorrow

Why is World Water Week celebrated globally? Water is vital to life and all business operations. Whether its individuals traveling across the globe, operations abroad, our food and drinking water, or pharmaceutical, energy, or other production industries, current issues of water security and future concerns over water scarcity will touch us all.

Zika virus News in the Americas

During May-June, Zika virus transmission has continued to taper off in some areas including Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela where Zika virus case reports had previously been particularly high. In Colombia, for example, where officials have reported 89,962 suspected cases and 8,826 confirmed Zika virus infections as of July 9, disease activity has steadily decreased every week since early April.
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Health Concerns - Rio 2016: What to know before you go to Brazil

Travelers participating in or attending the pre-game events and/or the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics should be aware of the many health concerns at Rio 2016 in Brazil. The threat of infectious disease outbreaks will be especially heightened during the Olympics as mass gatherings create the ideal setting for the importation and spread of diseases. Therefore, education regarding pre-travel immunizations, precautions for food, water, and insect bites, and ensuring an understanding of the local health resources are vital to mitigating the health threats in Brazil.

Zika Virus Latest Update: Impact on Business Travel

As Zika virus concerns continue to grow ensure you have the latest updates on impacts to your business travelers.

Disease Threats: How to Secure the Corporate Workplace

A proactive approach to local and international disease threats is an essential and often overlooked safeguard to business productivity and duty of care. Human capital is arguably worth more to a business than tangible assets, because it is often the key competitive advantage that distinguishes a business in the marketplace. Infectious diseases are a constant threat to productivity, since they erode and diminish human capital.

Are You Ready for the Flu Season? - Seasonal Influenza Preparedness in the Workplace

The 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 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 during flu season.