Q+A with Dr. Wheeler: A Look at Cuba’s Healthcare Landscape

It’s no secret that more Americans are venturing to Cuba due to loosened restrictions and the reopening of the U.S. embassy earlier this year. In fact, according to Business Insider, the island has seen close to 40% more American visitors since this time period last year. With so many organizations and higher education institutions taking…

Travel to Cuba: What You Need to Know

In our post last month, we talked about five considerations for healthy travel to Cuba. Now that you’re informed with tips on how to stay healthy in Cuba, we thought we’d go over some of the other travel guidelines essential to anyone traveling to the country under the new regulations: U.S. Travel to Cuba The…

Traveling to Cuba: 5 Considerations for a Healthy Trip

Since the Obama Administration’s recent publication regarding amended regulations that allow for expanded travel to Cuba, more Americans will be able to experience a destination that has been off-limits for 60+ years. And while the country’s infrastructure is improving to better accommodate foreign visitors, health officials warn travelers that there are health risks present in…

Ebola & Business Travel: What You Need to Know

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Ongoing news reports surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and its implications for international travelers have led to some uncertainty about the current state of business travel. In fact, a recent online survey taken by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) reported that 80 percent of respondents said that the Ebola crisis had little…

Ebola: What is it and Should You Be Worried?

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  Update as of 7/31/14, 2:25 p.m. EDT: The CDC has issued a Level 3 Warning and urges all US residents to avoid nonessential travel to Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia due to the Ebola outbreak. You may have noticed Ebola, a severe acute viral illness that is native to several African countries, creeping up in the…

Travel Cheat Sheet of the Month: How to Protect Yourself from Foodborne Illness

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One of the best things about traveling to another country is trying local, authentic cuisine. However, it pays to know a few basic rules so you don’t become one of the 10 million overseas travelers to suffer a bout of traveler’s diarrhea or other foodborne illnesses each year.  Luckily, you can protect yourself from foodborne…

Travel Cheat Sheet of the Month: Drinking Water Safety 101

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 It may come as a surprise, but contaminated drinking water is one of the leading sources of health problems for travelers, and can cause anything from mild gastrointestinal distress (traveler’s diarrhea) to serious bacterial diseases. In fact, the most common cause of water-borne illness is bacteria – such as E. coli, cholera and salmonella. However,…

Travel Health Update: The New Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) FAQs

You may have been hearing a lot in the news lately about a disease called the coronavirus that has been cropping up around the world.  The new coronavirus, which experts recently named MERS-CoV or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus, first emerged in Saudi Arabia in the Spring of 2012. Since then, it has spread to…

How to Avoid Common Travel Illnesses

Last month, we talked about infectious travel diseases and how to minimize your risk of getting them. Luckily your chances of catching a disease on a trip are quite slim, but travel illnesses can crop up when you least expect them. Whether you’re traveling close to home or taking a long-haul flight across the globe,…

Travel Health Update: CDC Health Notice Round-Up

Are you familiar with the Center of Disease Control (CDC)—an arm of the U.S. Government which keeps close watch on health issues and disease prevention strategies for U.S. citizens? If you’re concerned about your health, safety and well-being when you travel, you should be! Just as the U.S. State Department issues travel alerts and warnings,…