Majority of traveller medical issues ‘preventable’

Travel News 04 Mar 2016

Around 85% of medical concerns faced by travellers are “preventable”, according to a study from International SOS.

The research claims issues including insect-borne diseases such as malaria as well as flu and stomach problems can be stopped with more “comprehensive planning” in the company’s travel programme.

The Travel Risk Outlook 2016 study among executives working in HR, HSE, travel, risk and security found that 83% reported their travellers suffered from an illness or medical concerns while abroad in 2015.

The study also found that 88% of respondents are concerned travel risks may have an impact on their business in 2016. It said while many risks may be mitigated, one in three organisations reported they do not pro-actively educate their travellers before they go abroad.

The International SOS survey was conducted among 261 executives working in Europe.

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