Summary: Immigration from Mexico was a hot issue in Campaign 2016. An equally serious danger was ignored — contagion to the US from the insurgency of drug cartels against Mexico. (Graphic copyright Stratfor 2016)
Source: Stratfor looks at the drug cartel’s insurgency against Mexico | Fabius Maximus website
With increasing legalization of marijuana in the US the cartels are now selling more heroin and methamphetamine. It’s been a while since I read up on this issue.
Still looking to buy that beachfront bargain in Mexico?
Venezuela Travel Warning.
No change since December 2014.
If you go, many hotels are now BYOTP.
Zika fever is an illness caused by a virus that spread through mosquito bites. It is closely related to dengue virus and causes a similar illness. Symptoms of Zika fever may include fever, headache, red eyes, rash, muscle aches, and joint pains. The illness is usually mild and lasts 4-7 days.
via Zika Fever in New Caledonia – Watch – Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions – Travel Health Notices | Travelers’ Health | CDC.
Madagascar faces a bubonic plague epidemic unless it slows the spread of the disease, experts have warned.
Madagascar had 256 plague cases and 60 deaths last year, the world’s highest recorded number.
via BBC News – Madagascar bubonic plague warning.