Safety Updates: March 2017

March 28

  The Yellow Fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas in South America and Africa. The virus is transmitted to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Illness ranges in severity from a self-limited febrile illness to severe liver disease with bleeding.  A traveler’s risk for acquiring yellow fever is determined by various factors, including immunization status, location of travel, season, duration of exposure, occupational and recreational activities while traveling, and local rate of virus transmission at the time of travel.  (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).… Read more

March 23

  As you may be aware, there was an attack at Westminster in London yesterday, 22 March. The assailant, at approximately 14.45 (London local time), drove a vehicle into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, injuring several, before crashing into railings. The same man armed with a bladed weapon then attempted to enter the Palace of Westminster and stabbed a police officer before being shot by armed police. Unfortunately, reports indicate that at least four people were killed, including a police officer who was stabbed, and around 40 others injured in the attack. At this time, the Westminster… Read more

March 22

Individuals travelling to the US and the UK on flights from or transiting through the Middle East and North Africa should prepare to comply with new regulations on electronic devices and expect potential delays to pre-departure screening at affected airports. US and British authorities have banned electronic devices above a certain size from carry-on luggage on US- and UK-bound flights from certain countries. Our emergency service provider, International SOS, has confirmed with authorities that the regulations apply to all US- and UK-bound passengers transiting through the affected countries… Read more

March 6

On Monday, March 06, 2017, the U.S. State Department released an update of the Worldwide Caution. The possible threats of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This updated Worldwide Caution replaces the one dated September 9, 2016. The U.S. State Department has had a Worldwide Caution in effect for a number of years and updates are issued at regular intervals. For more information please see, the U.S. State Department World Wide Caution. As terrorist attacks, political upheaval, and violence often take place without any… Read more