Category Archives: Emerging Diseases

Do I Still Need a COVID-19 Test or Vaccination to Travel?

COVID travel restrictions are changing quickly. Know the latest Covid Test or Vaccination Requirements.

Our team at TravelBug Health simplifies the complex and changing international travel rules. We’ve compiled the latest COVID-19 test and vaccination requirements to answer, “Do I Still Need a COVID-19 Test or Vaccination?” Travel to most of the world has been limited in some form or another since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, […]

Canada updates COVID-19 test requirements for entry

Canada and the US share the longest undefended border in the world.

As of today February 28, 2022, the Canadian government has expanded the options for COVID-19 testing to enter Canada. Now, a PCR test or a Rapid Antigen test is acceptable for entry. Canadian citizens or vaccinated foreign nationals are still required to show proof of a COVID-19 test before boarding a flight to Canada or […]

COVID-19 Coronavirus Update: What you need to know

CDC Map of countries affected by COVID-19, as of March 13, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) finally confirmed this week that COVID-19 is a global pandemic. The number of people affected worldwide is increasing rapidly. Should you be alarmed? I have been following the global health experts daily and here’s what you need to know: Worldwide status and forecast COVID-19 is now present in well over […]

Novel Coronavirus Outbreak: What you need to know

Are we on the verge of the next world pandemic?

The recent outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (designated 2019-nCoV) has exploded in the last several days. What is Novel Coronavirus? The CDC and world health organizations are closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (not seen before) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in early December, 2019. The growing epidemic […]

Measles: One of the most contagious diseases in the world

CDC map of states with measles cases as of March 28, 2019

Prior to the development of a measles vaccine in 1963, the CDC reported an average of 500,000 cases of measles and up to 500 deaths a year in the US, mostly in children. Measles was eventually declared eliminated from the US in 2000 as a result of a highly effective vaccination program. 2019 is already […]

World Malaria Day 2017

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases | National Institutes of Health

As part of World Immunization Week, we’re taking the time to recognize World Malaria Day, which highlights a global effort to prevent and eradicate malaria. Malaria is a serious and often life-threatening disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes. Malaria affects millions of people across the globe, mostly in countries in the tropical latitudes. The burden […]

Local Zika Transmission now in both Texas and Florida

Zika virus infection remains a threat to pregnant woman traveling to endemic areas

TravelBug breaks down the Zika pandemic as it continues to spread: In the Continental U.S. This week The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced the state’s first locally acquired case of a person infected with the zika virus, in Brownsville along the Gulf Coast. Several months ago, Zika gained a foothold in the […]

WHO Declares Zika Emergency – More Countries Involved

Countries with cases of Zika virus in the Americas - from the WHO

Zika virus is rapidly spreading throughout the Americas, and yesterday the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The WHO alert places Zika in the same category of concern as Ebola.  Margaret Chan, the Director General of the WHO, addressed an emergency committee and described the epidemic as “spreading explosively”. […]

Updated CDC Travel Advisory for Zika Endemic Countries

Countries and territories with active Zika virus transmission (from the CDC)

On January 15, 2016 the CDC issued a travel advisory cautioning woman who are pregnant (or planning to become pregnant) to avoid travel to 14 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean currently experiencing an outbreak of Zika virus. The threat of Zika is spreading so quickly, that only a week after it issued its […]