Meningococcal meningitis, a bacterial form of meningitis that can cause severe brain damage if untreated, is a worldwide problem, but the highest rates of the disease occur in the semi-arid region of Africa below the Sahara Desert.
US-based travel assistance provider On Call International has announced a new partnership with travel agency Valerie Wilson Travel, Inc. (VWT), which means that VWT will now be the exclusive provider of travel management services to On Call and its clientele.
Travel medicine service Travelvax Australia has advised visitors to the London Olympics, the Ukraine or Poland for Euro 2012 to have key travel vaccinations, as well as a booster for childhood immunisations, six weeks before travel.
A new Hong Kong-based online direct-to-consumer insurance company, DirectAsia.com, launched in late March, offering instant and convenient access to insurance online.
New research by American Express Global Business Travel has served to outline gaps and opportunities that companies need to address to strengthen their managed travel programmes by focusing on travel and expense policies. Mandy Aitchison reports
UK-based online comparison site Cheap.co.uk has announced that data in ski claims has shown young, female snowboarders are the most likely to suffer injuries on the ski slopes. Video available
From 1 March, any traveller from Malaysia who books a holiday through an agent that is part of the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) has to purchase travel insurance.
Global airline Air France has changed its oxygen cylinder rules and costs, which could mean increased expenses for assistance companies and their partner insurers wishing to repatriate a customer on a commercial airline.
Travellers with high blood pressure who fail to disclose the condition could find themselves stranded abroad without insurance cover, UK-based AllClear Travel has warned.