Ebola Outbreak Spreads Across Three Countries: What Do Travelers Need to Know?

As the global workforce continues to expand with travelers, expatriates and businesses pushing further into remote regions, so too does the risk of exposure to previously unheard of infectious diseases. It’s against that backdrop that it’s all the more important for organizations to have plans in place to deal with any medical and security risks. Read full blog post »

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Air pollution: Health Threats and Risks

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Air pollution is a hot topic at the moment, with Beijing’s terrible smog hitting the news again. The problem is far from being one for the Chinese capital alone, however – many Chinese cities feature in analyses of those worst affected, but numerous others around the world face similar issues, with many in Pakistan, India, Iran and Mongolia being among the worst. Read full blog post »

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Pandemic Plans and the Flu: By the Letters and Numbers

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Many organizations are moving their pandemic plans into “All Hazard Health Plans” that include seasonal and pandemic influenza, MERS CoV, common infectious diseases, malaria, chemical, biological, radiology and nuclear threats as well as environmental issues such as air pollution. These plans should be standardized globally, but adjustable locally to meet the local health impact and severity. With media attention growing with new outbreaks in Asia, many companies are taking another look at their plans.
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Tips for a Busy Holiday Season

International holiday travel this year is expected to be busier and more challenging than in 2012. There’s a lot happening out there, with events in Ukraine and Bangladesh, smog in China, MERS CoV in the middleeast and even several early snowfalls in the Northeastern United States. To help you minimize the risks that come with travel disruptions, we’ve come up with some common-sense guidelines you can use to have an enjoyable experience—and avoid headaches. As always, advance preparation can make the difference between a satisfying trip and one filled with inconveniences or worse. I’d encourage you to also share these tips with your employees who are traveling for business and leisure.
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With Confederations Cup in the Rear-View, Brazil Looks to the World Cup

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The 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil had been anticipated as a full dress rehearsal for next year’s World Cup. But was it? What lessons were learned that will allow international visitors to have an easier time next summer? Read full blog post »

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After the Hajj, Health Officials on the Lookout

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As an estimated 3 million Muslims return from Mecca and Medina from the hajj, health officials around the world are on the lookout for any signs of The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The illness has caused more than 100 cases and 45 deaths since it surfaced in 2012. Read full blog post »

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Golden Rules to Travel By: Advice for Women, Part 2

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Last week, Megan Carr, Director of Nursing, Operations at International SOS took you through some health issues that women need to be mindful of when traveling. This week, I’ll share with you 5 Golden Rules that we covered in a recent webinar: “Safe and Savvy Summer Traveler: Promoting Security Awareness for Women.” Read full blog post »

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