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May 6, 2016
The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What to know before traveling to the Summer Olympics

In August, the world will gather to witness the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The International Olympic Committee predicts a half a million tourists will visit Brazil for the Olympic Games; a first for the... Read More

February 2, 2016
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,... Read More

January 25, 2016
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... Read More

January 19, 2016
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... Read More

January 12, 2016
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... Read More

November 1, 2015
Forget the excuses and get your flu shot, even if you're not traveling.


The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months receive a seasonal influenza vaccine (known as the flu shot), and it is likely your doctor has also suggested that you get one.

My job is to educate my patients about travel vaccines and I’m always amazed... Read More

September 29, 2015
Get a flu shot before you travel.

Fever, chills, and muscle aches, oh my! If you’re experiencing these symptoms, as well as a headache or a nonproductive cough, the flu bug may have bitten you! Continue reading for ways to avoid the flu while traveling this year.

First, it’s important to note that while you may feel sick... Read More

September 15, 2015
The Mayan pyramid at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan


Mexico has the most foreign visitors of any Latin American country and is the country most frequently visited by US tourists.1  With its... Read More