Share this Website: Prevent the Spread of Ebola

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The largest ever Ebola outbreak is underway in several countries in West Africa and has dominated the headlines recently. The epidemic continues to grow and spread into new areas, threatening more lives and potentially the economies of affected countries. International SOS has made its special Ebola website public now – www.internationalsos.com/ebola – in an effort to further support public health efforts to help prevent further outbreak. Read full blog post »

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Chikungunya in the Caribbean: Advice to Stay Safe

Travelers heading to the Caribbean may face the “The Deadliest Animal in the World,” a pesky and deadly little critter – the mosquito that’s infecting individuals with a less commonly known disease, chikungunya. In fact, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation list this little fly as way more dangerous than shark and snake bites. Read full blog post »

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Understanding and Responding to Global Health Risks

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There are numerous challenges when it comes to understanding global health risks, including underestimating risks by the employer and employee, a distorted perspective of risks and fragmentation of responsibility. In that vein, employers must develop an integrated Duty of Care risk management strategy that takes into account numerous components, including risk assessment, developing policies and procedures and training and education. Read full blog post »

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When it Comes to Malaria, Prevention is Key

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As organizations send travelers and expatriates overseas, many are heading to areas with higher medical risks, including Africa, where malaria is a challenge. World Malaria Day on April 25 reinforces the need for prevention and gives you an opportunity to further educate and remind your employees that it’s preventable. Read full blog post »

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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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