Your health during your trip

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Ebola virus in West Africa
Unless compelling reason, it is recommended to suspend all travel plans in countries where cases of hemorrhagic fever due to Ebola virus were found (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria).

The Ebola virus is transmitted to humans, initially, from wild animals particularly through bats or monkeys. Handling or eating meat from these infected animals allows the transmission of the Ebola virus to humans.
Human transmission is also possible through close contact with infected people (cannot be transmitted in the air) by blood, secretions or body fluids.

The first symptoms may appear 2 to 21 days (in average 8 days) after infection. The symptoms are flu-like symptoms with fever, muscle aches, diarrhea and vomiting.

We recommend you to defer all travels to countries that have experienced in the previous months cases of contagion.

There is currently no treatment against the virus. A vaccine is being tested but no certainty as to its effectiveness exists.

To follow the progress of the epidemic, we advise you to visit the website of the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your country of residence.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 07:05

 

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Air Pollution and Your Health

Following the breach of fine particle pollution in several French departments in march 2014, authorities have taken measures to reduce the pollution such as free public transportation, lowered speed limits for motor vehicles and alternating traffic circulation for the first time in Paris. This situation can be found in cities all over the world such as in the cities of Mexico and Peking in China.

So what does this mean for the local residents?

Although it remains difficult to accurately calculate how it affects human health, we know that when the air pollution increases, so do the number of people that are hospitalized for pulmonary complications. It is also proven that air pollution kills millions of people prematurely worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, fine particle pollution is the 13th cause of death in the world.

How to protect yourself during pollution peaks:

  • It is advised to refrain from going outside during the hottest hours of the day.
  • Avoid major transportation routes.
  • Avoid driving your car, if possible.
  • Do not do any physical activity or sports outside.
  • Do not smoke because during pollution peaks, it is even more harmful!

Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:42

 

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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

National Nutrition Month is celebrated every March in the USA and is designed to inform Americans about the importance of eating healthy and developing good eating and physical activity habits. This year, the theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.”

Mixing healthy eating habits with the tasty food is not always easy, but entirely possible. Here is some useful advice to help you along the way!

Try to avoid the habit of snacking, but if you need to snack try to eat fruit, vegetables or raw nuts.

Moderate your consumption of fried food because “light oil” doesn’t exist!

Limit your consumption of sweets!

Drink plenty of water, both during and between meals.

Try to consume balanced meals by eating vegetables and/or fruit with every meal!

Avoid eating too much bread.

In the hopes that this advice helps you eat a little healthier! After all, your health is the key to longevity…

Enjoy!

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 09:55

 

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Exercise for your Health!

At the beginning of the New Year, about ¾ of people make resolutions that they will start exercising or that they will exercise more regularly. But after a few months, how likely is it that people stick to these new resolutions?

According to a recent survey*, less than 20% keep up with their resolutions. No worries, if you haven’t put into practice your New Years Resolution, you are not alone and you have plenty of time to start!

It should be noted that Americans exercise quite frequently, about 135 days per year. Not too shabby for the French either, exercising on average 116 days per year.

All this to encourage and motivate you to stick to your resolutions! Regular exercise not only allows you to keep in shape, but also increases morale, is fun, gives you a sense of achievement and for women in particular, helps you keep your figure!

* Study TomTom

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 13:26

 

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Thailand : Compulsory travel insurance

To reduce health spending for tourists without insurance in public hospitals, the Thai government plans to introduce compulsory travel insurance in order to enter the country. The Minister of Public Health Pradit Sinthawanarong said that a large number of tourists were unable to pay their medical bills for emergency care, causing a large burden on local hospitals. As the issue will be discussed within the government, you may soon need to purchase a compulsory travel insurance to enter Thailand or pay a higher price for your visa which would then include a travel insurance.

If this decision becomes a national law, it will be compulsory for foreigners coming to Thailand to have a health insurance plan. Costs related to healthcare management can indeed sometimes reach millions of euros. This is a serious issue for the country as tourists and expatriates are more and more present  in the Thai territory.

Going to Thailand? Do not forget your travel insurance for Thailand !

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 12:06

 
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