Looking Ahead at Travel in 2015: Be Prepared

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The biggest annoyance when traveling internationally these days isn’t taking off your shoes in the security line or facing language barriers with an angry taxi driver. It’s experiencing a travel delay that keeps you away from home longer than you anticipated or forgetting to write down the address and phone number of the hotel where you’re staying so you can tell that angry cab driver where to go. Basically, it’s forgetting to prepare for the unexpected. Register today Read full blog post »

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Chikungunya in the Americas: Tips for Prevention

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We all know that Malaria is endemic in many parts of the world, but there’s another disease spread by mosquitoes that is being transmitted in the Americas – chikungunya. Currently, a number of Central American countries are experiencing local transmission, including Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama, as well as the Caribbean. Symptoms include fever, severe joint pains, headache and rash. Read full blog post »

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Ebola Update: The News from West Africa

Ebola has fallen from the headlines in recent weeks, but it’s still on the minds of travelers and organizations operating in West Africa. Here are some highlights from the latest World Health Organization situational update. There are some positive signs in this latest report. Read full blog post »

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Healthy, Safe and Secure: Promoting Awareness for Women

Security and health risks are highly variable and depend on the nature of the traveler, the destination and the activities. Earlier this month, I participated in a panel that looked at “Five Golden Rules” that are designed to help prevent exposure to and limit the impact of the security and health risks that female travelers may encounter. You can listen to the full recording, download the presentation and the executive briefing (which has more information on each of the rules). Read full blog post »

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Ebola and Travel Restrictions: Know the Score

Over the past weeks and months, many countries have instituted travel and visa restrictions to and from the countries in West Africa hard hit by Ebola. The scorecard changes almost daily, but the information is necessary for those charged with Duty of Care to keep their travelers safe. You can find a detailed list at www.internationalsos.com/ebola. Read full blog post »

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Safe and Savvy Traveler: Security Awareness for Women

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When traveling, there are some incidents that are more likely to occur with women than men: sexual harassment, sexual assault, and handbag theft. So what can women travelers do to stay safe when overseas? How can their companies support them to enable them to not only survive the trip or assignment, but thrive? Register here Read full blog post »

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Ebola: Tackling the Challenges and Concerns

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A new survey of Fortune 500 companies conducted earlier this week by International SOS found that, in spite of the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola, an overwhelming majority (83%) of organizations expect the flu to impact their business more than the virus in the coming months. Furthermore, less than a third of companies surveyed has had an employee request to change their travel plans or declined to travel due to the global outbreak. Read full blog post »

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Planning for Ebola: Learn from SARS

As the Ebola virus continues to spread in West Africa, as well as crop up in the United States and Spain, organizations are taking a look at their emergency and pandemic plans. It’s not enough to just have a plan on the shelf. It needs to be constantly updated as well as practiced. Read full blog post »

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Ebola Awareness Commercial

Ebola is scary, deadly – and preventable. These are a few of the points made in a new video produced by International SOS and Multi Choice, a broadcast company is South Africa. The video, which can be seen here, is part of our larger effort to ensure communities understand what Ebola is and how to keep themselves safe from infection. Read full blog post »

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Tips for Prevention: Respiratory Illness Affects Children in Several States

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You may have seen news stories in the past few days about hundreds of children across several states in the Midwest who have been affected by “enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).” This mostly causes a mild respiratory illness similar to the common cold, but can become severe. It likely spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets. There is no vaccine for EV68 and there is no specific treatment. Read full blog post »

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