Disease Prevention

Norovirus Outbreak at 2018 Olympics

Health Officials and IOC Discussing Norovirus Outbreak

This winter, norvirus is making headlines for an outbreak in South Korea, and it will most likely get worse before it gets better. Transmission of the virus is extremely efficient; it only takes a small amount and short exposure time before it can be effectively passed to another victim, it can withstand temperature fluctuations, and people can pass the virus to another before and after they become symptomatic.

"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.

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, Espírito 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.

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.

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.

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