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vaccine travel risk

Understanding Risk Associated with Vaccine-Preventable Diseases While Traveling

When it comes to public health, one of the easiest ways to avoid becoming susceptible to disease that is widespread in many populations is to ensure that you’re vaccinated against diseases that are preventable. Many people are unaware of their vaccine status or new vaccines that have recently been developed.  
air quality

Air Quality and the Impact on Business Continuity

Air pollution, which results in the degradation of air quality, is an atmospheric phenomenon that has significant impacts on day-to-day routines throughout the world. While many think of air quality in terms of high population areas, it is impacted by geographical and meteorological elements, as well. While many governments have made efforts to improve air quality, it is still a global concern with wide-ranging impacts on transportation, business operations, and personal health. These effects can have direct influences on businesses and their continuity plans. 
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.
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

It’s already known that stress from work can increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, particularly high blood pressure and heart disease. High blood pressure is one of the most important known risk factors in stroke – and many people don’t even know they have it. It is often called the ‘silent killer’. The only way to know you have high blood pressure is to get checked. Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death for Americans and fourth largest cause of death in the United Kingdom.
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.

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