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The Olympics: Yet Another Thing to Worry About

Air pollution, terrorism, political unrest: The list of potential concerns by athletes and visitors regarding the upcoming Beijing Olympics just seems to go on and on. And now there's another one. Rabies. According to a study released just yesterday by the CDC, believe it or not, dog bites are among...

By Scott Vogel | June 27, 2008; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

San Diego Shark Attack: Is It Safe to Go Back in the Water?

Last Friday, the Pacific waters off San Diego County were roiled after a shark attacked and killed a retired veterinarian and triathlete. An online report from the San Diego Union-Tribune says experts have confirmed that the predator was a great white shark. (During an autopsy, great white teeth were recovered...

By Andrea Sachs | April 30, 2008; 06:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Orlando: Will the Smoke Ever Clear?

By law, 80 percent of all hotel rooms in cities like Atlanta, Honolulu and Cleveland must be nonsmoking. In Philadelphia and Chicago, it's 75 percent, and in Detroit it's 70 percent. So what percentage of rooms in Orlando -- one of the world's most popular destinations for children -- are...

By Scott Vogel | April 22, 2008; 06:39 AM ET | Comments (15)

The Grunge Report: One Dirty Hotel in Lancaster, Pa.

Once upon a time, amid the bucolic splendor of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, there was an awful little hotel called the Days Inn Lancaster. Actually, "awful" is too weak a word. Godawful is more like it. The Days Inn, unlike most others in the hotel chain's stable of properties, was the...

By Scott Vogel | March 5, 2008; 07:14 AM ET | Comments (11)

Travel Health: That Water on the Plane

A few days after I returned from South Africa, I got sick -- really sick. At first I wondered if I was suffering from drinking bad water, from, say, the ice cubes at that cute café in Jo'burg. But that's unlikely: Unlike many African countries, South Africa's drinking water is...

By Christina Talcott | February 20, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (8)

Travel Health: Dirty Hotel Glasses, Part 2

Fellow blogger John Deiner wrote about a hidden-camera report on dirty hotel drinking glasses a few weeks ago, and most folks were duly repulsed. Now, an even more recent disgusting report has reared its germ-studded head. Earlier this week, ABC's "Good Morning America" aired a report showing just how dirty...

By Christina Talcott | February 14, 2008; 01:53 PM ET | Comments (9)

Travel Health: Hotel Drinking Glasses

Okay, I'm switching to plastic. You ever wonder how clean those hotel glasses are in hotel rooms? Well, according to an Atlanta TV station that mounted an undercover investigation last fall, not very. The station hid a camera in various hotel rooms around town, and used drinking glasses were set...

By John Deiner | January 30, 2008; 02:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Germs in the Air

It's hard to know where to start with the TB Guy and the poor hapless travelers who sat near him on his transatlantic flights. Leaving aside from the question of whether or not Andrew Speaker was told not to fly by the CDC, how contagious he thought he was, etc.,...

By K.C. Summers | June 4, 2007; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (16)


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