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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).
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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, 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.

Is Your Workplace Prepared for Cold & Flu Season?

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 potentially serious disease, many employers do not recognize it as a significant threat and likely suffer losses to their bottom line as a result. iJET health analyst, Melissa Dudley shares four key steps for keeping your people healthier. 
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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.

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