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5 Things to Know about Chagas Disease

5 Things to Know about Chagas Disease

Roughly 8 million people across Latin America have Chagas disease, a potentially fatal disease caused by the American trypanosomiasis parasite, commonly known as the “kissing bug” as it typically bites humans around the mouth. In the past, the disease was generally contained to the affected Latin American communities; however, with the increased mobility to and from endemic areas*, the number of Chagas cases has grown in the US.

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Ebola diagnosed in the US: Why Pandemic Planning Should be a Priority

The first case of Ebola virus in the United States was diagnosed earlier this week in Dallas, Texas. The unidentified patient has been admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where he is being quarantined for treatment. This is concerning news because until this point, the current Ebola has been contained to West Africa. Prior to this case, several US aid workers were transported to Atlanta, Georgia, after contracting the deadly virus in Liberia. This instance is different in that the patient was diagnosed with the virus on US soil.

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Radioactive Rice Draws Concern in Singapore

Radioactive Rice Draws Concern in Singapore

Fukushima-grown rice exports have hit grocery store shelves in Singapore this week. These are the first exports of rice grown in the area since the March 2011 radiation leak at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s nuclear plant. Although Singapore food safety measures are known to be some of the strictest in the world, there is still concern over the consumption of rice and other produce cultivated in Fukushima Prefecture.

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Ebola and Business Continuity: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Unexpected

Ebola and Business Continuity: 3 Ways to Prepare for the Unexpected

Much of the news coverage of the 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak is targeted toward health officials—how to transport patients, how to care for patients, even how to dispose of patients’ bodies—along with some superficial guidance on how to reduce personal exposure to the virus. To date, there has been little discussion on what to do in a business setting should an employee, coworker, tenant, or client be suspected of contracting the disease.

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Pandemic Planning for Banks

What the Preparis Yeti Learned from National Preparedness Month

As the 10th annual National Preparedness Month comes to a close, those of us at Preparis (including our Yeti) reflect on the lessons learned during such an important month. NPM began in 2004 sponsored by FEMA with the goal of encouraging people and businesses throughout the country to better prepare themselves in the event of a disaster. Commercial real estate professionals are not exempt from preparation.

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Pandemic Planning for Banks

How a Property Manager Can Be Yeti Ready

If I were to tell you that there is a giant, ferocious Yeti lurking around your property, you would probably call me crazy – but it is true. The Preparis Yeti represents the ubiquitous and unanticipated threats that are posed to your building. Chances are that you are familiar with these threats:

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Pollen Attacks the South

Pollen Attacks the South

Springtime can be one of the most beautiful times of year. Azaleas are blooming, birds are singing, horses are racing at the derbies…yet microscopic particles swirling in yellow clouds wreak havoc on millions of sinuses. From Atlanta to Austin, pollen from trees, grass and weeds has unleashed a wave of yellow across the South.

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