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 […]

10 Health Benefits of Mountain Biking

10 Health Benefits of Mountain Biking

Over the last few decades, mountain biking has remained a popular outdoor recreational activity. According to the Outdoor Industry Foundation, nearly 40 million people mountain bike every year in the U.S. As public health concerns including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are on the rise, physical exercise, especially in the outdoors, is becoming more critical […]

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 […]

CDC Issues Travel Alert for Zika Virus

Pregnancy increases the risk of traveling

Another mosquito-transmitted disease was all over the news this week. The CDC has issued a travel alert cautioning people about traveling to 14 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. The affected countries include Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, […]

Dengue in Hawaii

Mosquitoes Bring Dengue to Paradise

Nothing demonstrates the importance of tropical medicine more than having a loved one, patient, or yourself, fall ill while on vacation. I recently received a frantic email from one of my patients vacationing in Hawaii. During her time on the island, she fell violently ill and was later diagnosed with Dengue (pronounced Deng-Gee) Fever. Initially, […]