Safety Updates: April 2018

April 23

Nicaragua  Over the past weekend, protests against the changes to social security contributions and pension plans resulted in clashes between activists, as well as between police and protesters. The worst violence was reported in Managua, where police and military personnel were deployed to several locations, including the National University of Engineering, Metropolitan Cathedral and Polytechnic University of Nicaragua. Protesters threw rocks at the police and set public buildings alight, while the security forces responded with live fire, rubber bullets and tear gas. Violence was also… Read more

April 20

Measles is an ongoing health issue in Europe, and this year's disease activity reflects a continuation of outbreaks that began in 2017 (or earlier). “Measles starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It’s followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles virus is highly contagious virus and spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing.” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) An increase in measles cases has been reported in the following European region countries: France, Greece, Italy, Romania and Ukraine.The most affected areas include New… Read more