Category Archives: Travel Heath

The Explosive Growth of the Zika Virus

Zika is likely to spread explosively throughout the Americas.

 

On January 18, I wrote about the Zika virus and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendation that pregnant women not travel to 14 Latin American countries. I did not anticipate how rapidly the virus would spread and its potential to become an epidemic.

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CDC Recommends Pregnant Women not Travel to 14 Countries

Pregnant women should NOT travel to 14 Latin American countries

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a travel alert recommending pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant NOT travel to 14 Latin American countries and territories because of the spread of Zika virus by mosquitoes.

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2016 Yellow Book now on CDC website

On June 30, I posted about the CDC’s 2016 edition of the Yellow Book. The Yellow Book, officially known as the Health Information for International Travel, is a valuable resource with up-to-date travel health information.

At the time, the 2016 edition was available to purchase from several websites but was not on the CDC website.  The 2016 edition is now on the CDC website and can be accessed for free.

Use it to stay healthy on your next international adventure.

Stay safe and travel far.

The Yellow Book – It will keep you healthy

Last year over 68,000,000 US citizens traveled to another country. As more people are traveling globally they are coming into more contact with health risks. It’s importance to have accurate and up-to-date travel health information.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released of the 2016 edition of the Health Information for International Travel. It is better known as the Yellow Book.

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Toyota Communications Chief Arrested in Japan for Illegal Painkillers

Check to see if you have to get permission to bring your medications

This is a follow up to my May 1st post, “Avoid Problems Traveling with Medicine.”  In the post I talked about the importance of checking to see if your medications are legal in the country you plan to visit.  I specifically talked about Japan.

Now there is a report that Julie Hamp, the first western woman to be named to a senior position at Toyota has been arrested in Japan for allegedly importing the painkiller oxycodone from the US.  The drug was found in a package Hamp sent to herself from the US.

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The Most Polluted Cities in the World

 

There has been a lot of talk about how bad the pollution is in Beijing.  It is bad but it is not the most polluted city in the world.  Not even close.

The World Health Organization (WHO) maintains a database of the most polluted cities in the world, known as the Ambient (outdoor) air pollution in cities database.

According to the WHO 2014 database, Delhi, India is the #1 most polluted city in the world.

 

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Avoid Problems Traveling with Medicine

Some medicines – prescriptions and over-the-counter – that are legal in the US are illegal in other countries.  You need to be aware of foreign countries’ rules to stay out of trouble, including jail.

Today, the increasing number of new medicines makes it possible for more people to live full lives and to do things they couldn’t do before such as travel to another country.  Some of these medicines which are fully legal in the US may not be legal in the country you are traveling to.

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