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 […]

Top 10 Tips for the Lost City Trek – Ciudad Perdida in Colombia

The trek to the Lost City may include river crossings

The trek to the lost city in Colombia is amazing but still a challenging jungle expedition. You will encounter a variety of conditions and terrain. I’ve compiled my list of top ten tips for packing and preparation. Bring the essentials and avoid needless extras. Remember, you have to carry it all on your back. Footwear […]

Travelog: Colombia – Trek to the Lost City, Ciudad Perdida

Ancient terraces of the Lost City in Colombia

The “Lost City” (Ciudad Perdida in Spanish) is one of South America’s “hidden” gems, tucked away in the remote jungle of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountains. If you’re adventurous and fit, the trek to get there is an experience of a lifetime. Our adventure began in Santa Marta, a port on Colombia’s Caribbean […]

U.S. Shortage of Yellow Fever Vaccine

U.S. Shortage of Yellow Fever Vaccine | Source: www.cdc.gov/yellowfever

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that Sanofi Pasteur’s yellow fever vaccine (YF-Vax®) will be unavailable from mid-2017 to mid-2019 (latest estimate as of Oct, 2018) because of delays in the production process. YF-Vax is the only yellow fever vaccine licensed in the U.S. TravelBug Health is a Yellow Fever certified […]

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 […]