Yellow Fever Epidemic Threatens Brazil

Brazil is no stranger to mosquito-borne diseases, but some outbreaks tend to grasp media coverage and public attention more than others. The 2016 Zika virus outbreak made global headlines when it threatened much of Central and South America and endangered citizens and travelers alike. In the early … Read more about Yellow Fever Epidemic Threatens Brazil

Flu Season is Upon Us

We all prepare for the winter season in similar ways—cutting firewood, making homemade dishes, drinking hot beverages, and for many of us, receiving the flu shot. The annual prick has become a habit for many Americans as the cold, winter months approach. Although this task may seem like one more … Read more about Flu Season is Upon Us

Fears of Cholera Epidemic in Puerto Rico Rise

In Hurricane Maria's wake, Puerto Rico went from a bustling tourism destination to an entire territory resembling Tornado Alley. The demolished and nonexistent infrastructure is devastating, but this is only the beginning of the uphill battle for Puerto Rico. Roads are impassable, standing water … Read more about Fears of Cholera Epidemic in Puerto Rico Rise

The Dangerous (and Profitable) Business of Counterfeit Drugs and Medications

Imagine this: you’re traveling through Sub-Saharan Africa on a business trip and begin to develop terrible flu-like symptoms. You head to a local physician for anti-malarial medication and after taking the medicine, your symptoms become progressively worse. The symptoms resemble an allergic reaction … Read more about The Dangerous (and Profitable) Business of Counterfeit Drugs and Medications

Yemen: A Man-Made Cholera Outbreak

Yemen’s cholera outbreak has deep roots in the country’s civil war; warring factions have destroyed sanitation infrastructure and blocked access to critical medical and humanitarian supplies. Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by the ingestion of bacteria present in water and food … Read more about Yemen: A Man-Made Cholera Outbreak

Travel Emergency Nightmare: Held Hostage by the Hospital

We’ve all experienced an unexpected sickness while traveling, possibly caused by an undercooked piece of meat from the local “go-to” restaurant or maybe a virus that was contracted earlier inconveniently rearing its ugly head 2,000 miles from home. Sickness does not discriminate; the anxiety triples … Read more about Travel Emergency Nightmare: Held Hostage by the Hospital