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Overseas Travelers Learn About Health, Safety Risks

Overseas Travelers Learn About Health, Safety Risks

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Audrey Laganas reporting"We monitor the security conditions day by day," says Brian Andrews, director of G-Tech Security.

He travels 100,000 miles a year. He's been mugged in Morocco, caught in a coup in the Ivory Coast. Brian Andrews handles worldwide security for G-Tech.

The company's products are in demand all over the world, and right now they're limiting travel to trips that are considered necessary.

"If it is mission critical, they're allowed to go. Then our role is we get involved with the employee that is going to go and we brief him on the conditions as we know it," Andrews explains.

While the focus has been on terrorism, the fact is, you're actually much more at risk of being a victim of street crime while traveling abroad.

"South America, they might be more at risk from kidnapping, street crime, violent crime. In other parts of the world, they might be more at risk for homicide. If they're going to Jamaica or Paris or someplace in the Caribbean, plan the trip out. Take into account there may be some security conditions you may need to know about."

Health risks are also very real for Americans traveling overseas.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. John Lonks says, "Diseases like measles, which is pretty uncommon in the United States is pretty common in some other areas of the world, including some other industrialized nations. You want to make sure you're up to date on routine type of vaccinations.

Here's how to find out which health or security risks you might be facing. Go to the U.S. State Department's travel website. You'll find warnings and consular information sheets for each country, with specifics on health and safety concerns.

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