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Business Travel and Bird Flu
You're going to want to wash your hands after reading this, warns USA Today business travel columnist David Grossman at the start of a lengthy report, titled "What business travelers should know about avian flu."

Here's some of what he advises:

• Develop a plan for each individual traveler and each business...

• Work closely/share information with other departments like Human Resources, Safety and Security.

• Ask airline, hotel, car rental, and travel agencies for a copy of their pandemic plans; make this a condition of your contract.

• Implement system to track location and communicate with travelers at all times.

• When traveling abroad avoid live poultry markets.

• Monitor websites for updated information...

• Get involved with national and local business travel organizations...that could issue guidelines and recommendations.

• Get vaccinations when available.

• Get a pneumonia shot.

• Stock antiviral drugs like Tamiflu.

• Develop a relationship with companies like iJet which provide information on conditions in locales all over the world, and companies like International SOS that can help evacuate employees or obtain medical assistance on your behalf in an emergency situation.

• Stock preventative items like NIOSH-Approved N95 Disposable Particulate Respirators that block out 95% of all viruses.

• Teach employees and practice personal hygiene: Wash hands frequently especially after shaking hands. Wash hands after touching any surface that might have been touched previously by another person who might be infected. Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose, and eyes at all times.

June 13th, 2006

 

Bird Flu Alert - Travel Advisory

The Observer newspaper carries an excellent summary of precautions that are recommended for international travelers, to guard against bird flu. A couple of excerpts:

 

Q: What are the symptoms?

A: Fever, cough, sore throat and trouble breathing. The CDC [the American government's Center for Disease Control and Prevention] advises checking for these symptoms for 10 days after you return from an affected country.

 

Q: Should we take special medical kit?

A: As with most infectious disease, hand washing is one of the most important preventative measures. The US CDC recommends you take a bottle of alcohol handwash so you can clean your hands even when not near soap and water.

January 16th, 2006

 

Bird Flu – Travel Advice

Some useful travel advice is at the TravelVideo website. In summary, it says:

 

At this time, avian influenza activity continues to persist in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Turkey, Romania and Croatia. In fowl, past outbreaks have been reported in Thailand, the People’s Republic of China, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Laos, Russia, and Kazakhstan.

Human cases of avian influenza A (H5N1) have been reported in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Most human cases have been caused by direct contact with infected fowl. Human-to-human transmission, although rare, is suspected to have occurred in some of the documented cases.

November 19th, 2005