Safety Updates: May 2017

May 31

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began on Saturday, May 27 and will end on Sunday, June 24. During this time, more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having martial relations from dawn until sunset. During this period, meetings may be difficult to secure or cancelled at short notice, though in most cases, businesses catering to foreigners will remain operational during daylight hours. In Muslim-minority countries, certain Muslim-owned businesses may alter operating hours. The extent of disruption to… Read more

May 24

On the evening of 22 May, in Manchester, UK, a bomb was detonated as concertgoers exited the venue. Tragically, 22 were killed and 59 were injured. In response to this attack, the United Kingdom raised the terror level threat on 23 May from ‘severe’ to ‘critical.’  It is anticipated that this is a temporary measure while the investigation of Monday’s attack continues. Additional military personnel will be positioned at key public places, including at transport hubs such as railway stations and airports. Security will also be stepped up at entertainment venues such as concerts and major sports… Read more

May 18

As noted in a previous safety update, there is currently a worldwide yellow fever vaccine shortage. According to the International Society of Travel Medicine, the yellow fever vaccine shortage will continue, and the vaccine will be unavailable in the U.S. from mid-2017 until mid-2018. During this shortage, the FDA has approved a new investigational vaccine that will be offered in select clinics in the U.S. At this time it is unknown what clinics will have this new vaccine. There are a number of countries that require yellow fever vaccination prior to entry, and even more that require proof… Read more

May 4

Those of us who have flown have heard the words, “Ladies and gentlemen, keep your seat belts fastened while seated.” Some, like me, will heed caution and keep buckled up while seated the entirety of the flight.  On Monday, May 1, Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Bangkok hit severe clear turbulence that sent passengers, belongings, and other things flying through the air. Unfortunately, at least 27 passengers were harmed with injuries ranging from broken bones, cuts, internal wounds, and bruising. The turbulence occurred in the final 40 minutes of the flight during its approach to Suvarnabhumi… Read more