050316 – World Status Report

Avoid Nonessential Travel

U.S. Department of State

  • Philippines Travel Warning. The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to the Sulu Archipelago and through the southern Sulu Sea, and to exercise extreme caution when traveling to the island of Mindanao, due to continued terrorist threats, insurgent activities and kidnappings.
  • Chad Travel Warning. The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of ongoing terrorist activity throughout Chad. U.S. citizens should avoid all travel to the border regions, and exercise extreme caution elsewhere in the country.

Take Enhanced Precautions


U.S. Department of State

  • Mali Travel Warning. The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of ongoing terrorist attacks and criminal violence in Mali.
  • Mexico Travel Warning. The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling to certain places in Mexico due to threats to safety and security posed by organized criminal groups in the country

International SOS News

  • Preparedness key to mitigating malaria risk + Zika update. (CIR)  “The data shows that lack of pre-travel preparation is the norm, indicating travelers are complacent about risks,” Dr Irene Lai, medical director at International SOS, added. “It is imperative for travelers to know the symptoms of malaria and seek immediate medical attention if they develop – even if they believe they have taken all the right preventive actions. We still see travelers dying from malaria and these deaths may have been preventable.”
  • Staying Healthy While Traveling this Summer. (HuffPost) Whether you plan to travel to Brazil for the Olympics or vacation on the beaches in the southern United States, be smart, take the time to understand the potential threats of diseases like Zika and malaria and how best to protect yourself. This not only safeguards your health and well-being, but also the health and well-being of those around you.
  • Traveling to Europe Post-Brussels Attacks. (The Street) “Travel can continue,” says Matt Bradley, Regional Security Director at International SOS, one of the world’s leading medical and travel security risk services companies. “That’s the number one point. Continue traveling to Europe or anywhere else. Should there be some modifications? Yes…Arm yourself with information before you go and know how you would respond in case of an incident.”

Zika News


The risk information in this report is retrieved from U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and other professional sources as listed in the post. It provides general guidance for UT Dallas travelers. Please note the revision date (mmddyy) of this report, printed on the title of the post, and go to the direct sources listed for the most up-to-date information.  The information in this report may change without prior notice.