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Visit Your Travel Clinic Before You Visit Brazil

Posted: June 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Visit Your Travel Clinic Before You Visit Brazil

Reposted from foxnews.com/health

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An aerial shot shows the Maracana stadium, one of the stadiums hosting the 2014 World Cup soccer matches, in Rio de Janeiro. (REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes)

Those visiting Brazil should see their doctors or travel medicine specialists four to six weeks before traveling, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta write in JAMA Internal Medicine.

“We’re expecting that a lot of Americans will attend and we want to give them a chance to review some of the health and safety issues that come with attending World Cup-like events in a country like Brazil,” said Joanna Gaines, a senior epidemiologist at the CDC and lead author of the statement.

The CDC has already issued a travel advisory for U.S. citizens heading to the World Cup, which takes place in 12 cities throughout Brazil between June 12 and July 13 (see: 1.usa.gov/1mKeX2I).

The 2016 Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro from August 5 through August 21 of that year.

Gaines and her colleagues write that mass gatherings such as the World Cup and Olympics have been associated with illness outbreaks before.

For example, six different flu strains were behind an outbreak at the 2008 World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia. Also, there were meningococcal outbreaks following a 1997 soccer tournament in Belgium and the 2000 Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

“We want to make sure that we can get our prevention message out to as many healthcare providers as we can,” Gaines told Reuters Health.

The health agency’s recommendations include receiving routine vaccines for preventable illnesses – such as the flu and measles, mumps and rubella, but also for other diseases, such as typhoid and yellow fever.

Seeing a doctor early “typically gives you enough time for vaccines to gain efficacy,” Gaines said.

While more time is ideal, Dr. Henry W. Murray said even people who may have forgotten to see a travel medicine specialist should make an appointment.

But, he agreed, “The best protection is to get it all done and out of the way a few weeks before departure.”

Murray was not involved with writing the new report. He studies infectious diseases at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

There are no vaccines for certain other illnesses, such as malaria and dengue that are spread by mosquitoes. Both are serious and are accompanied by flu-like symptoms.

For malaria, there are pills available to protect against the disease but none is 100-percent effective, according to the CDC’s website. There are no pills that prevent against dengue.

“We recommend that travelers regularly apply insect repellent and wear long sleeve clothing that’s also treated with insect repellant,” Gaines said.

She added that it’s important for people to know that while malaria is spread by mosquitoes that typically bite at night, dengue-carrying mosquitoes generally strike during the day.

The CDC’s report also provides tips on how to prevent food-borne illnesses. Those tips include drinking bottled water, eating steaming-hot foods and washing one’s hands.

“Your basic health protection measures help a lot as far as any infectious diseases are concerned,” Gaines said.

For more information on their recommendations, the researchers write that people can visit wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.

“People ought to be encouraged to go to the website,” Murray said. “I would have that in my hand before I call my primary care doctor or before I start looking around for a travel care clinic.”


Health Alert: JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS – SOUTH KOREA: (BUSAN) ALERT

Posted: July 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements, Travel Health Alerts | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Health Alert: JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS – SOUTH KOREA: (BUSAN) ALERT

JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS – SOUTH KOREA: (BUSAN) ALERT

ProMED-mail: Published Date: 2013-07-08 

Japanese Encephalitis Alert in South Korea

Japanese Encephalitis Alert in South Korea

Over half, or 64 per cent, of the mosquitoes recently tested in the southern port city of Busan (Pusan) were found to be carrying the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), prompting the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) to issue a nationwide alert late last week (week of 1 Jul 2013).

Officials say climate change is helping the virus-infected mosquitoes breed (probably referring to increased temperatures speeding larval development) 

Symptoms of the disease include headaches, fever, and convulsions, and in extreme cases, coma (and death). Children are at higher risk, so officials advise parents to make sure young kids are vaccinated.

As the mosquitoes are most active until the end of October, the KCDC advises people to use mosquito nets indoors and limit the amount of time they spend outside. 

When outdoors, the use of long-sleeved clothing and mosquito repellent is recommended.

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Source: http://www.promedmail.org/ 


Praise for Passort Health of Sarasota-Bradenton

Posted: March 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements | Tags: , | Comments Off on Praise for Passort Health of Sarasota-Bradenton

On November 27, 2013

We were delighted to find out about this business. We needed TDap shots in a hurry because we’re expecting a new grandchild. We thought we could just breeze into the local health dept. and get them. Not so, there was a waiting list for an appt. so they told us about this place. Well, it was great. Straight in, no wait, beautiful office, and our nurse ‘Dee Dee’ was a sweetheart and gave really painless injections. She was very helpful answering questions and giving advice that she thought would benefit us. I would use this service again and highly recommend them.

On November 25, 2013

Great explanations and suggestions were made for my upcoming trips.

On November 23, 2013

Dee Dee Eldridge was extremely helpful in administering the Shots and was outstanding in her overall performance.

My experience with Passport Health was very good. Easy to make an appointment, friendly atmosphere and very efficient. This was not my first experience, I returned because all my questions could be answered quickly and correctly. I thought the printout I was given was very detailed and helpful. Thank you!

On November 15, 2013

Dee Dee was extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and helpful. She was able to answer all of our questions and offer expert advice. She is very professional and sets a high standard for her field of practice.

On November 3, 2013

Very helpful and knowledgeable: 5 out of 5.

On October 14, 2013

My family doctor recommended I check with Passport Health to make certain that I was properly immunized prior to my trip to South Africa and Zimbabwe.  The nurse I had during my office visit was Dee Dee and she was EXCELLENT!  She gave me all the choices for immunizations, her recommendations, and answered every possible question I had plus gave me valuable information I didn’t even think to ask!  All vaccines are available at your office visit, so there is no rescheduling and/or waiting.  The PERFECT place to go prior to an out of the country trip.  HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

On September 21, 2013

The service we received was outstanding. They made what could be a stressful experience almost relaxing by combining a welcoming environment with efficient service. I would definitely recommend your services to others requiring assistance with a green card medical.  

On September 14, 2013

Efficient and thorough.  Knowledgeable professional; well prepared and well versed on our options. Good advice. 

“Bang up job!”

On August 26th, 2013:

“Fantastic service, friendly atmosphere, “painless shots”, would recommend to anyone.”

On July 10, 2013:

I was greeted warmly and immediately by name.  I was on time and they were ready and expecting me.  The nurse was very professional, as well as friendly.  She had a very clear explanation for my questions and it was obvious to me she knew what she was talking about without being a show off!  She helped me understand what I can do to protect my health during my travels.  It was a positive experience.  It lost the edge of just something else I HAD to do!

Super professional.  The service was prompt and kind, all questions were answered vaccination was painless, I am very satisfied.

The RN was very knowledgeable and thorough–I would definitely use your services for future trips.

On July 1, 2013:

Super professional.  The service was prompt and kind, all questions were answered vaccination was painless, I am very satisfied.  The RN was very knowledgeable and thorough–I would definitely use your services for future trips.

On June 5, 2013:

We had a very bad experience at another clinic (Tampa) with an immigration exam that took extreme advantage of a desperate situation. We called Dee Dee the administrator at Passport Health to verify if what had happened was valid and she went above and beyond to inform us correctly the laws and guidelines and quickly spoke and emailed us proper and professional guidelines that were being corrupted. We had deadlines in just a few short days, and Dee Dee just stepped in to rescue us from a terrible experience and righted the wrongs done to us. Thank you Passport Health for coming to our rescue. Praise the Lord! Very courteous, professional, and informed!!!! Be careful where you go, ask lots of questions, there are a lot of snakes out there…but be confident at Passport Health to be taken care of with dignity and respect!

On May 8, 2013:

Very Professional, Very enlightening, Very Efficient

On March 27, 2013:

I really appreciate the thoroughness, friendliness, and attention to detail. Great experience.

On March 27, 2013:

The nurse I spoke with was well prepared, friendly and very helpful. I waited only a few minutes for the consultation. I am quite satisfied.

On March 27, 2013:

The treatment I received at Passport Health was above and beyond anything I’ve received from any medical professional in quite some time. I got advice not only about the shots I needed for my travel, but years of travel tips, and a good idea for another medical issue I had been dealing with. I highly recommend Passport Health.

On March 26, 2013:

Great Support.  The nurse spent a long time with us on the telephone to answer all our questions. Her technique giving the shots was also excellent

On March 5, 2013:

Great Service

We attended for travel vaccinations and received excellent advice.

From another client, same day:

Lovely, on time and pleasant experience

If you need injections for travel this is the best possible place to get them


CDC Releases Cholera Alert for the Dominican Republic

Posted: December 5th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Travel Health Alerts | Tags: , , | Comments Off on CDC Releases Cholera Alert for the Dominican Republic

CDC / Cholera in the Dominican Republic, update

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Outbreak notice: November 28, 2012 

What is the Current Situation? 

An outbreak of cholera has been ongoing in the Dominican Republic since November 2010. According to the Dominican Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud Publica y Asistencia Social [MSP]), as of November 3, 2012, 6,622 suspected cholera cases and 47 suspected cholera-related deaths have been reported for 2012.

What is Cholera? 

Cholera is a bacterial disease that can cause diarrhea and dehydration. Cholera is most often spread through the ingestion of contaminated food or drinking water. Water may be contaminated by the feces of an infected person or by untreated sewage. Food is often contaminated by water containing cholera bacteria or by being handled by a person ill with cholera. 

How can Travelers Protect themselves?

Most travelers are not at high risk for getting cholera, but people who are traveling to the Dominican Republic should exercise caution to avoid getting sick.

CDC recommends that all travelers prepare a travel health kit when going abroad. If you are planning travel to the Dominican Republic, CDC advises packing the following supplies in your travel health kit to help prevent cholera and to treat it.

  • A prescription antibiotic to take in case of diarrhea
  • Water purification tablets
  • Oral rehydration salts

Dukoral vaccine is not available in USA but is available in Canada.

  • Drink and use safe water*
  • Wash your hands often with soap and safe water*
  • Use toilets; do not defecate in any body of water
  • Cook food well (especially seafood), keep it covered, eat it hot, and peel fruits and vegetables ( Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it.)
  • Clean up safely in the kitchen and in places where the family bathes and washes clothes

Before departing for the Dominican Republic, talk to your doctor about getting a prescription for an antibiotic. If you get sick with diarrhea while you are in the Dominican Republic, you can take the antibiotic, as prescribed. Also, remember to drink fluids and use oral rehydration salts (ORS) to prevent dehydration.

If you have severe watery diarrhea, seek medical care right away. 

Source: CDC / Cholera in Dominican Republic, update


Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Sponsors the Eddie Herr Tournament

Posted: December 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Announcements | Comments Off on Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton Sponsors the Eddie Herr Tournament

Last week Passport Health Sarasota-Bradenton took part in sponsoring the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Tournament, the premier junior tennis tournament in the world.  We got to talk to many young athletes who aspired to come to the United States.  We rubbed shoulders with some incredible athletic talent at the event.  Thanks to IMG for holding another successful Eddie Herr Tournament.  Please enjoy the photos:

We were lucky to enjoy beautiful weather all weekend!

Players, Coaches and Parents mingle on campus

That is a serious bracket