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Russia: CDC Recommends Precautions for Winter Games

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding those who plan to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to be current with vaccines and is recommending the Hepatitis A vaccine for most travelers. Visitors should also be aware that proof of medical insurance that covers treatment in Russia is required to obtain a [read more]

Mexico: Cholera Outbreak Reported

Date: October 18th, 2013 | No Comments

More than 150 cases of cholera have been reported across five states in central Mexico, with the highest number of cases in Hidalgo. At least one person has died. Officials say that Veracruz, San Luis Potosi and Mexico City are also among the areas with documented infections in the region’s first outbreak since 2001. Cholera [read more]

Zimbabwe: Five Infected With Rabies in Buhera

Date: October 3rd, 2013 | No Comments

Five people were treated for rabies in the Buhera District of Zimbabwe after being bitten by a rabid hyena. Some believe that an increase in hyena attacks is a result of diminishing food sources for the carnivorous animals. The animals then attack humans because of hunger. Separately, another four people died from rabies earlier this [read more]

Japan: CDC Issues Alert About Rubella Outbreak

Date: September 12th, 2013 | No Comments

More than 13,700 cases of rubella have been reported in Japan during 2013 and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued an alert for those traveling to the country. Rubella, or German Measles, causes fever and rashes for two to three days and is spread through coughing and sneezing. Infections can be avoided [read more]

Japan: Officials Work to Stop Fukushima Leak

Date: September 5th, 2013 | No Comments

Officials announced plans to stop the flow of irradiated water into the sea from Fukushima’s damaged nuclear reactor, the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. Approximately 400 tons of groundwater flows from surrounding mountains and enters the reactor buildings every day, where it mixes with highly toxic water before running into the sea. The Japanese government [read more]

China: Poor Air Quality Closes Schools, Airports

Date: November 8th, 2013 | No Comments

Thick smog continued to shut down schools and airports as air pollution reached dangerously high levels around the country. Air quality in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are being closely monitored and the city of Harbin shut down services in late October when particle levels exceeded 1,000 micrograms per cubic meter, 40 times the World Health [read more]

Nepal: Tourist Bit by Asian Pit Viper

Date: October 11th, 2013 | No Comments

Hospitals in Nepal were not prepared when an Australian tourist was bitten by an Asian pit viper in Pokhara Sept. 27. Because the hospitals do not stock the anti-venom needed to remedy this kind of serious infection, the woman was flown to Brisbane, where she received treatment a week after her bite and recovered. Although [read more]

Vietnam: Arsenic Found in Hanoi’s Drinking Water

Date: September 25th, 2013 | No Comments

Travelers to Vietnam may soon need to take precautions regarding drinking water. Officials say that arsenic-contaminated water is leaching into a major aquifer that serves the Hanoi area. The poisoned water came from contaminated sediment that washed down from the Himalayas centuries ago. Officials say that arsenic in some areas is 10 to 50 times [read more]

Cuba: Cholera Outbreak Continues

Date: September 5th, 2013 | No Comments

At least 163 cases of cholera have been reported this year, with most cases linked to Havana, Santiago and Camaguey provinces. Two food service centers confirmed that infected food handlers with no symptoms may have prompted outbreaks in Havana. Spread through contaminated food and water, cholera causes severe dehydration through acute diarrhea and vomiting and [read more]

China: Thousands of Dead Pigs Dumped in Shanghai’s Water Source

Date: March 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Water pollution is a major concern throughout China, but for many of Shanghai’s 23 million residents, a surge in the dumping of dead pigs has heightened their worries. Over a two-day period in early March, authorities retrieved 2,813 dead pigs from the Huangpu River—a primary source of city drinking water. Official reports stated that the [read more]






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