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Malaria in Costa Rica, CDC alert. Important to prevent insect bites

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Volcano in Costa Rica

News from September 22, 2017 from the CDC:  "What is the current situation?  The Costa Rican Ministry of Health has reported limited local transmission of malaria in Matina Canton in Limón Province, Sarapiquí Canton in Heredia Province, and Pital District in San Carlos Canton in Alajuela Province. Local transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with malaria and spreading it to people. Other than a small outbreak at the end of 2016, this is the first local transmission of malaria in Costa Rica since 2011. Public health authorities are responding to this outbreak by enhancing malaria surveillance, making...

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Travelers' Diarrhea Alert - Prevention and treatments

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Travelers' Diarrhea Alert - Prevention and treatments

Q: What is Travelers' Diarrhea? A: It's the most common disease that travelers get. You have a 50% chance of illness if staying in a lesser-developed country for more than one month. The diarrhea is typically non-bloody diarrhea. You may have a slight (or no) fever, stomach cramps and mild nausea.  The diarrhea can range from mild (a few episodes daily) to frequent and explosive. Bacteria cause 80—85% of travelers’ diarrhea, parasites about 10%, and viruses 5%. Toxin-producing E. coli is the most common bacterial culprit. Food and water precautions may help prevent travelers’ diarrhea.  You can pick up these germs from hard surface,e.g., doorknobs; Hand washing and...

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Medical Kits, Meds & Travel

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Medical Kits, Meds & Travel

As we mature, more of us worry about health issues that might occur during travel. This may involve a disease you currently have which might flare up, or perhaps a tropical or infectious disease you might encounter, such as malaria. An injury is often possible. I tell all my traveling clients “Wear your seat belt—if there is one.” Motor vehicle and other accident account for excess mortality if travelers— “you can have your heart attack anywhere, but driving, or simply crossing the street in many countries, can be very dangerous.” One way to help reduce stress is to carry a...

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The Most Dangerous Cities in the US and the World

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The Most Dangerous Cities in the US and the World

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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You should worry more about this disease than Zika

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You should worry more about this disease than Zika

Like the Zika virus, chikungunya fever is caused by a virus transmitted by daytime-biting mosquitoes. There is no vaccine. The only prevention is insect-bite protection. If you are going to a country with Zika virus, and you're not pregnant, and especially have a young family, you should be much more worried about this disease! Chikungunya fever is a rapid-onset disease, characterized by high fever, intense weakness, severe joint and muscle pain, headache, and rash. The abrupt onset of fever follows a mean incubation period of 3 days; when fever is present, the body temperature is usually higher than 39°C Soon after the onset of...

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Website updated for mobile - from medical kits to water treatment we have everything

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Hello Fellow Travelers, We are happy to announce that we have updated the website for mobile. Please share and review our products with your friends and family. Thank you for your continued dedication to shopping with us for over 20 years! Safe travels ~Dr. Stuart Rose 

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