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travel health things you are doing wrong

You've taken out travel insurance, you've visited a travel health clinic, and you even have a first aid kit already assembled. That's great. Despite your preparedness, there is a good chance you are still doing something wrong. This list will set you straight. It doesn't matter where you are going, you should have a basic [...]

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one woman's story of schistosomiasis infection in England

This is a post from a reader. She has been battling ongoing Schistosomiasis/Bilharzia infection while simultaneously dealing with a British healthcare system that has systematically failed to diagnose and treat the disease. Here is her story: Beware of the temptation to paddle or swim in freshwater pools unless you are sure it is safe to [...]

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caring for your hair on the road

Raise your hand if you want to deal with hair care while traveling? No one? Ok, in that case, we are going to break it down in plain terms how to take care of your hair without wasting time, spending too much money or carrying around too many products and accessories. This article is admittedly [...]

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mosquito myths and facts

Here is one thing you do know: it takes exactly one mosquito in your room for you to have a sleepless night. You are also probably aware that mosquitoes transmit diseases, including malaria, one of the deadliest infectious diseases on the planet. I would put money down, however, that you don't know most of the [...]

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Jamaica Travel Health Guide

Jamaica travel health information

The third largest island in the Caribbean, Jamaica regularly attracts tourists from all over the world. Beaches are the main draw, but rum, reggae and jerk chicken may do it for other folks. On the windward side of the mountains in Jamaica, you can expect a tropical climate. Tropical climates typically carry certain travel health [...]

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Chikungunya Virus

You may have seen this difficult-to-pronounce disease show up in the news recently. That's because there have been over 4,000 confirmed cases in the Caribbean in the past several months. Most people have never hard of this virus. We'll break it down for you in this post. While the Chikungunya Virus is making waves in [...]

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travel insurance coverage in countries under a travel warning

There may be many good reasons to avoid a country that has been designated high-risk by your own government. In some cases, however, certain areas of a "high-risk" country may be perfectly safe. Mali, for example, has been in the red zone for the past couple of years, despite the fact that there have not [...]

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Brazil Travel Health Guide

Brazil travel health guide

Brazil. Amazon river, gorgeous women in thongs, samba, carnival, football. Right? I don't know. I do know that Brazil is not your backyard. It is a tropical developing world country with certain travel health risks. Whether you are heading to Brazil for the World Cup, or you plan on visiting the country for other reasons, [...]

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lassa fever while traveling

Lassa Fever is a relatively obscure disease. It is endemic to West Africa, and you won't find it anywhere else in the world. It produces an estimated 300,000 - 500,000 cases every year. Approximately 5,000 of those cases are fatal. Lassa Fever is a type of acute viral hemorrhagic fever (pretty much the last words [...]

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Dressing for the desert

dressing for the desert

When it comes to packing our suitcases for holiday, we are often guilty of leaving it until the last minute and cramming in as much as possible in something of a frenzy. By doing this, we often end up taking far too much – much of which is unsuitable for the destination we’re visiting. We [...]

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