On July 28, that the US Department of State was revoking transgender individuals’ passports following travelers’ .
Listeria (L. monocytogenes) poses a serious threat to the global food industry.
The Department of State recently issued a travel advisory for Americans who plan to go to Mexico, increasing the advisory level in several states. However, for Quintana Roo, the Department has maintained its Level 2 advisory, to “exercise increased caution." The latest travel advisory comes on the heels of the discovery of eight bodies - several of them dismembered - throughout Cancún on Aug. 21.
Zika virus has largely fallen out of international headlines, however the risk remains; particularly to pregnant women and those who might become pregnant. The reported case counts in areas that were ridden with Zika several years ago stands at an average of 10% of reported cases 2017.
On July 27, Jamaica’s Senate unanimously approved a new extension of the Emergency Power Resolution for Saint James Parish, following a similar vote by the House of Representatives. The vote extends the state of public emergency that has been in effect in Saint James Parish since January to Nov. 1. The extension comes due to the positive results the policy has shown, and the safer environment it has created in the region. Saint Catherine North, an area within Saint Catherine Parish, is also under state of emergency since March.
The Hajj – the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and the largest mass gathering in the world – is an annual event typically occurring during late August to early September. Officials often identify sporadic outbreaks of diarrhea, respiratory, or bloodborne diseases during and immediately following the Hajj. Those with pre-existing heart or respiratory conditions are more likely to experience negative health consequences when participating in Hajj events.
A more in-depth version of this piece was featured in our most-recent Airline Safety Newsletter.
Several high-profile incidents have highlighted the issue of cabin depressurization on airliners. While some cabin pressure incidents can cause serious injuries or even fatalities, most pose little threat to passengers. Basic precautionary steps can help protect travelers in the event of an emergency.
On July 31, 2018, an AeroMexico Connect (5D) Embraer E190 operating AeroMexico (AM) Flight AM 2431 from Durango, Mexico (DGO) to Mexico City (MEX) crashed shortly after takeoff from DGO. The crash and subsequent fire destroyed the aircraft, but all 103 people onboard survived.