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What is Hepatitis E and should you worry?

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What is Hepatitis E and should you worry?

Almost everybody is familiar with hepatitis A which is a viral disease spread by contaminated food and water, and which can be prevented by vaccination. Less known is hepatitis E,  which is spread the same way, but for which there is no vaccine yet in the US. China approved the first vaccine against Hepatitis E in 2012. Like hepatitis A, most cases resolve within a few weeks, although some people develop fatal hepatic failure, or need a liver transplant. The typical illness can be more severe than Hepatitis A. The main risk is to pregnant women, where the mortality is about 20%.  Hepatitis...

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Zika Virus arrives in the U.S.

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Zika Virus arrives in the U.S.

Lead article in the New York Times today discusses how Miami is fighting to prevent the spread of the Zika Virus by eliminating the breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. These mosquitoes breed in rainwater collected in discarded cans, tires, rain-catching flower pots, kiddie pools, etc. Other states, such as Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas—and along the Texas coast, are also under threat, but don't have budgets adequate to employ vigorous mosquito-elimination measures. See video here.

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Credit Card Benefits for Travel Assistance Abroad

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Credit Card Benefits for Travel Assistance Abroad

Travel Assistance Benefits with the American Express Platinum Card MEDICAL ASSISTANCEIf you need medical assistance when traveling over 100 miles from home, you should immediately contact the 24x7 emergency helpline by calling the number on the back of your American Express card. If you are overseas, you can call the Global Assist hotline 1-715-343-7979. Global Assist is the company that provides Medical Evacuation and other services listed below. Your coverage may be affected if you do not contact American Express. Benefits are with Platinum Card membership. These benefits do not depend on you paying for your trip with the Platinum Card. • Emergency...

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Options for Medical Evacuation

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Options for Medical Evacuation

Getting sick overseas can be expensive—Very Expensive. Let's say you have a heart attack while vacationing on a small island in the Caribbean, but the hospital can't put in a stent; or you need complex, major surgery after an accident. You'll need an air ambulance ASAP. Without a medical evacuation (Medevac) policy, you'll have to pay "up-front" thousands of dollars. For example, I had a client in my Travel Clinic who required emergency surgery in the Grenadines, but then had to be flown to Miami two days later for further treatment. The cost? $55,000! But he was lucky. He had purchased a...

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TRAVEL INFORMATION YOU MAY NEED

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TRAVEL INFORMATION YOU MAY NEED

  Click here to learn more about Global Rescue Country Information: Foreign Entry Requirements Embassies and Consulates Worldwide State Department Travel Warnings/Consuler Information Sheets HIV Testing Requirements for Foreign Entry CDC Travel Notices CDC Zika Virus Update Dengue Fever, Zika Virus, and Chikungunya Protection Measures Insect Repellents What is DEET What is Permethrin? Why You Need to Apply BOTH DEET & Permethrin. Here's what the U.S. Military does. Currency Information Currencies of the World Currency Exchange Rates International Currency Equivalents for U.S. dollar Currency Converter Directories: AT&T Toll-Free Internet Directory Global Telephone Directories International Dialing Codes International and U.S. Telephone Area Codes International Voltage...

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POLIO IN LAOS

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CDC: Polio in Laos Alert   Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Travel notice: October 30, 2015   What is the current situation?    On October 8, 2015, the government of Laos notified the World Health Organization of a case of polio. CDC recommends that all travelers to Laos be fully vaccinated against polio.  

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Typhoid Fever in Malaysia

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According to Malaysia's Ministry of Health, more than 30 cases of typhoid have been reported from outskirt areas of Kuala Lumpur (Titiwangsa, Kepong, Lembah Pantai, and Cheras) since early August 2015. Risk in usual tourist destinations is minimal. Typhoid vaccination is recommended for all travelers to Malaysia. Extreme food and beverage precautions are recommended.

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New Cases of Polio in Africa

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According to WHO, 1 case of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) with acute flaccid paralysis onset since July 20, 2014, imported from Guinea, has been reported in Mali. This case is genetically linked to a confirmed case in Kankan Region, Guinea from August 2014.

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Coca-Cola: They're Bad for Your Health

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Coke has poured millions of dollars into an effort to persuade people that exercise, not diet, is the key to weight control. Exercise makes only a modest contribution to weight loss, but Coke wants you to think otherwise—to keep you drinking their high-fructose sugary water. In case you forgot, or never knew in the first place, the number one source of calories in the US is high fructose corn syrup, usually in the form of soft drinks. What does too much fructose do?  It releases excess insulin, causing high triglycerides, obesity, diabetes and the metabolic syndrome.        ...

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Malaria in the Dominican Republic

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Dear Traveler: The Dominican Republic is a popular destination, but there is the risk of malaria. Be aware, also, of the (greater?) risk of dengue fever and chikungunya fever: these are viral diseases transmitted by daytime-biting mosquitoes. There are no vaccines for these illnesses. CDC has received multiple reports of malaria among US travelers returning from the Dominican Republic. With the exception of the cities of Santiago and Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic continues to be a country with malaria transmission, including the popular resorts such as Punta Cana and Puerto Plata. Travelers to Dominican Republic are reminded to take malaria prevention measures,...

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BEE STING TREATMENT—REVEALED!

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If you get stung by a bee this summer, don't put ice on it. I know, that's the common advice, but it's wrong—and painful. Marine envenomations (e.g., stonefish, lion fish, sea nettles) are treated with heat, usually immersion in hot water of about 110–113 degrees Fahrenheit, or about as hot as tolerable, for 15–20 minutes.. Why does this work? Because bee venom is a mixture of proteins that are heat labile and will be deactivated.  Try this. You'll be amazed!

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Don't Believe Consumer Reports

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In the July issue of Consumer Reports, there is an article titled “How to Win the Battle of the Bugs.” Unlike typical Consumer Reports articles, this one is alarmist, error-filled, and biased. It is biased against the use of the insect repellent DEET, implying that if you use it, you would basically “ . . . douse yourself in armful repellents full of potentially dangerous chemicals.” Consumer Reports ignores more than forty years of scientific data that shows just how effective and safe DEET actually is. It remains the Gold Standard of protection. The article also tells you not to...

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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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Emergency Medical Care Abroad—Be Prepared!

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This is excerped from the New York Times on Sunday, May 31. I can see many travelers being in a simiar situation, and can show you how to be prepared."FOR weeks the breathing of my 8-year-old son, Bram, had become more labored, his medicinal inhaler increasingly vital. And then, one terrifying night nine months after we moved to this megacity, Bram’s inhaler stopped working and his gasping became panicked. My wife called a friend, who recommended a private hospital miles away. I carried Bram to the car while my wife brought his older brother. India’s traffic is among the world’s...

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The two things I always tell travelers

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The two things I always tell travelers

Rule #1: Don't get bitten by mosquitoes, ticks or flies. Apply DEET to you skin and Permethrin to you clothing. The combination will give you greater than 99% protection against bites.  Rule #2: Wear your seat belt—IF THERE IS ONE! Motor vehicle crashes — not terrorism, crime, infectious disease or plane travel — are the number one killer of healthy Americans abroad, according to the U.S. State Department. Poor road conditions, undertrained drivers, lack of emergency services, etc. are factors that increase your risk. What makes China, for example, and some other countries, particularly dangerous is how fearful people are...

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