About 3.3 billion people, half of the world’s population, are at risk of malaria. As we recognize World Malaria Day on April 25, it’s important to remember that this disease, which is spread by mosquitoes, infects 219 million people each year. And according to the World Health Organization, it kills 660,000 of them. Read full blog post
Recently, a strain of bird flu virus was identified (H7N9) in China that’s now affecting humans. So far, more than 30 people in Shanghai and three surrounding provinces have become infected. New cases are being reported nearly every day and there have been a significant number of fatalities.
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News that a traveler who had spent time in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan turned up in a UK hospital gravely ill with the novel coronavirus was a stark reminder of the speed with which an infectious diseases can move across the globe at the speed of transoceanic air travel. Subsequent news that a family member, who presumably not been traveling, has been hospitalized with similar symptoms suggests they possibility of the disease spreading through human to human contact, raising concerns that this might be the next big health worry for managers responsible for international business operations. Read full blog post
Cases of Dengue Fever have been capturing headlines recently, with outbreaks reported in Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Peru, the Southern U.S., and many other locations around the world. In 2012, the United States alone saw a 70 percent increase in reported cases over the previous year.
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Last year was active when it came to notable medical events around the world, including the current coronavirus in the Middle East. There were also upticks in preventable illnesses and the H5N1 influenza. Read full blog post
This year’s flu season in the United States is off to an early and powerful start. The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update says 41 states reported widespread activity the last week in December, up 10 states from the previous week. Read full blog post
India is a culturally rich and diverse yet complex country, and this complexity extends into the healthcare environment. Once largely linked to infectious disease, India’s medical risks are now much more related to non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular, diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Traffic accidents have also become one of the leading causes of death and disability, posing an economic burden on families and society. Read full blog post
The Duty of Care and Travel Risk Management Global Benchmarking Study highlights the need for companies to preemptively protect their employees and their business, and that those approaches are clearly linked to success. Read full blog post
When Quigley family members travel, we go through a checklist that focuses on preparation and information. We make sure that all family members have full knowledge of the trip timeline and schedule regular check-in calls to be sure all is OK. As a physician, I also research healthcare facilities in the destination location, as well as security concerns. Read full blog post
Tis the season where air travel —the good, the bad, and the ugly — will undoubtedly make headlines. Industry forecasters have already predicted more people on the move this holiday season than since the start of the recession, and we have yet to see how severe weather and airline industry ups and downs will come to affect flight schedules. Read full blog post