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
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
The World Health Organization estimates that more than two million deaths are caused by air pollution each year. The associated health hazards of air pollution are issues that employers need to discuss with their employees, especially their international travelers, international assignees, and their dependents. Employees are not only asking how they can be protected when considering assignments in places like China and India and other air pollution hot spots, but demanding steps be taken by their employer to make sure their health is safeguarded. Read full blog post
It’s somewhat inevitable that today’s corporate travel managers will eventually face some type of medical or security crisis or evacuation with one of their international business travelers. Does your company have a robust plan in place to manage an evacuation or other crisis? And what can be done to prevent those events from happening in the first place? Register today Read full blog post
“There’s no place in the world where there are no business travelers.”
This quote came from an interview Patrick Deroose, a colleague of mine who is a logistical genius who has shaped the assistance industry, did with New York Times travel business columnist Joe Sharkey. That’s certainly the case as we assist travelers even in the Philippines where Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit in more remote parts of the country. Read full blog post
Over the past two weeks, we have seen a heightened state of alert in China in response to the identification of a new Avian Influenza virus A(H7N9) that has acquired the capability to infect humans. There are now more than 60 confirmed cases and numerous deaths. 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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The possibility of an evacuation of personnel and their families from a manmade or natural disaster keeps many security directors up at night. Evacuations are true team efforts where all moving parts must be practiced and happen in just the right order to be successful.
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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
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