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Beware of Deadly Superbugs When You Travel

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A woman in the US died after being infected by a superbug most likely during her visit to India, say doctors who found that the "nightmare" bacteria was resistant to all available antibiotics. Source: NDTV NEWS DESK | Updated: January 16, 2017 10:23 IST The infection was caused by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a multidrug-resistant organism associated with high mortality. CRE have been labelled as a "nightmare" bacterium not only because they are already resistant to most antibiotics, but also because they spread easily in hospital settings. While CRE are not new to the United States, what was new in this case was that the...

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Safe Travel to India

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Travel Safety Guidelines for India There is significant risk of illness when traveling to India. The risks to health, however, will vary between individuals and you need to take into account your activities (e.g., exposure to high altitudes, to animals, travel to remote locations), your length of stay and your general health. Many problems cannot be prevented by vaccinations (dengue fever, paratyphoid fever) and you need to take other preventive measures outlined below. Ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including air ambulance evacuation. Costs can exceed $50,000. International SOS is recommended. A discount of 20% is available from...

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Staying Safe Overseas—What You Need to Know

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It's no fun to be the victim of a crime. At worst it can be a traumatic, life-changing event-or even deadly. At best, it can be frightening and inconvenient. All of these consequences are magnified if you're the victim of a crime in a foreign country. The good news is that if you're targeted while traveling, the assault is more likely to be of the "give me all your money" variety. The Most Dangerous Cities in the World Though most people take precautions every day to stay safe, they often let their guards down when they're on the road. Travelers...

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Zika Virus Alert: New York

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Prevent Zika virus infections with the Zika Virus Prevention Kit. New York state has confirmed 537 cases of Zika so far - though officials say all appear to be connected to travel to affected areas and there's no evidence the virus is spreading through local mosquitoes. Of those cases, 414 were in New York City and 123 were upstate. Nearly all of them involved people who had visited regions affected by the mosquito-borne virus; five cases were sexually transmitted.This year five children have been born in New York City with Zika-related birth defects. For state-by-state Zika case totals, Click here.  ...

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The Most Dangerous Cities in the US and the World

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Attention travelers: Check these lists before you go. Remember that it's always best to walk in groups of 2-3, or more. Safety in numbers! Quite often, holdups and muggings occur in the better parts of a city (that's where the money is.)  A hidden money belt may be advisable. Don't wear fine jewelry or carry much cash. The Most Dangerous Cities in the US Kansas City Oakland Little Rock Baltimore Rockford, Ill. Milwaukee Memphis Birmingham, Ala. Detroit St. Louis   The Most Dangerous Cities in the World Rank City Murder Rate (per 100,000) 1 Caracas, Venezuela 119.87 2 San Pedro Sula, Honduras...

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How to Prevent the Zika Virus Infection.

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The Zika virus is now a risk worldwide in warmer climates—but it can be prevented. Here's how: Bed Net If your room is not well screened and air conditioned, use a bed net when sleeping or resting. Mosquitoes can live indoors and will bite at any time, day or night. Insect Repellent Use an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. We recommend a minimum of 30% DEET. Always follow the directions on the bottle. Do not spray repellent under clothing. If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second. When...

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Zika Virus Update for Florida

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Guidance for Zika Cautionary Areas (Yellow Areas) (Order our Zika kit here) Travel Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County. Testing and Diagnosis Pregnant women who lived in, traveled to, or had sex without a condom with someone who lived in or traveled to Miami-Dade County after August 1, 2016, should be tested for Zika virus. Pregnant women with symptoms of Zika should be tested for Zika virus. Pregnant women without symptoms who live in or frequently travel (daily, weekly) to Miami-Dade County should talk to their healthcare provider about getting tested in the first...

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Post-Travel Illness—What You Should Do.

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If you are a short-term (1-3 weeks) traveler to a tropical or semi-tropical region, you could be incubating a tropical or infectious disease that becomes symptomatic only after you return. Failure to recognize the connection of your symptoms with travel can have serious—even fatal—consequences. Undiagnosed falciparum malaria is often the cause. If you have unexplained fever, abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhea, chest pain and cough or weight loss, get checked ASAP. Typhoid fever is also a possibility.  Even if you do not feel sick, you should take steps to prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks after visiting area with Zika so that you...

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New Warnings for Men on Zika Virus

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Dengue Fever Risk Now in Florida

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A person in Florida has caught a locally transmitted case of dengue fever. The case is the first in which a person caught dengue from a mosquito bite within Miami-Dade County in 2016. This is unusual, since most cases in US travelers are acquired in the Caribbean and elsewhere overseas.   The case is also Florida's second local dengue case of 2016, according to CBS Miami. In 2015, the state reported one locally transmitted case of dengue, and in 2014 it had six known locally acquired cases of the disease, according to the Florida Department of Health.    Dengue is...

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