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    Measles: make sure you are immunised before travelling overseas

    Posted Sep 25th 2012, 12:00am by Sasha Gonzales

    ... Sasha Gonzales healthpost@scmp.com A little spot of bother If you travel often, you might want to check that you and your family have been immunised against measles. The disease might ... their measles vaccination before travelling. "Appropriate vaccination is the best and really the only protection," says Ward. "Travelling families should ensure that everyone's ...

  2. WHO subject to more checks before issuing travel warnings

    Posted Sep 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee The World Health Organisation will not be able to issue edicts on travel restrictions to virus-infected countries as readily as it did during the 2003 Sars outbreak, its director ... checks and balances' on future considerations relating to travel advisories. During the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, Hong Kong came to a standstill and its economy ...

  3. Sick travellers forced to use or lose tickets

    Posted Jun 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang Despite the government's appeal for people not to travel if they show signs of the flu, travellers from the United States and Canada might be forced to proceed with their trips due to a lack of air-ticket waivers. Airlines including Cathay Pacific, United and Continental do not have any specific waiver policies for travellers from the two North American ...

  4. Decision not to issue travel warning challenged

    Posted Apr 29th 2009, 12:00am by Danny Mok, Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee, Danny Mok and Ng Yuk-hang A medical expert and a lawmaker have questioned the Hong Kong government's decision not to issue an official travel advisory warning people against travelling to Mexico. Instead of putting out an official travel warning- as happened this month when Bangkok fell into political chaos- the Food and Health Bureau said last night that the government ...

  5. Outbreak not major threat to regional travel, James Tien says

    Posted Apr 30th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong Hong Kong Tourism Board chairman James Tien Pei-chun hopes the outbreak of swine flu will not hurt travel within the region too much given the relatively low incidence of the disease in Asia so far. Mr Tien said Hong Kong's experience with severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003 might prove a positive factor in attracting visitors, such as those from Taiwan, ...

  6. Seeing is believing in travel medical insurance

    Posted Dec 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... is the importance of getting travel insurance before setting off on a trip. It is not just the money saved but the emergency assistance offered by travel insurance that is important when one falls sick ...

  7. Travellers' checks

    Posted Oct 26th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... with Nicholas Walton Ice breaker Aurora Expeditions will be exploring Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula next year aboard the 100-passenger vessel Marina Svetaeva. A 14-day Ring of Fire expedition will take in the Kuril Islands and Kamchatka, departing on ...

  8. Tsunami tested travel agent's crisis strategy

    Posted Dec 16th 2006, 12:00am by Andrea Li

    ... Andrea Li Being prepared is the key- lessons that Wing On learnt in one emergency served it well during another WHEN SARS HIT in 2003, travel and tourism firm Wing On Travel learnt ... On Travel deputy general manager. She said Sars was a wake-up call to the company, which has since been vigilant about being ready for crises of any kind. Soon after the Sars outbreak, the travel ...

  9. Epidemic may hurt long-haul travel to HK

    Posted Feb 14th 2004, 12:00am by Carrie Chan

    ... Carrie Chan The outbreak in Asia may dampen hopes of a rebound in long-haul arrivals into Hong Kong, the Travel Industry Council warned yesterday. Council chairman Ronnie Ho Pak-ting said ... respectively last year, a drop of 28 and 31.7 per cent over 2002. Mr Ho admitted that the bird flu outbreak had created 'a psychological barrier' for travellers. He believed that the bird flu ...

  10. Criteria for travel alerts will be reviewed

    Posted Sep 12th 2003, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... The World Health Organisation will review its criteria for imposing travel advisories against countries. The United Nations health agency would set 'more objective, transparent and consistent criteria' for future travel advisories against countries or areas as a control measure against global epidemics, a senior official said. The WHO regional director for the Western ...




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