Rabies death prompts India travel warning
New York Daily News
The unnamed woman contracted the disease as a result of an untreated bite from a dog in India. Her death has prompted the organization to introduce detailed country-by-country advice on pre-travel rabies vaccination, to sit alongside recommendations for yellow fever and malaria protection.
In the case of India, for example, it now says: “Rabies: High risk – Pre-exposure immunization [is] recommended for travellers and other people for whom contact with domestic animals, particularly dogs, and other rabies vectors is likely” – advice that is repeated verbatim for almost every other tropical country.
Dr Mary Warrell, a virologist and specialist in rabies, said last month’s incident was a timely reminder of the need for precautions. “In unvaccinated humans, dog rabies infection is 100 per cent fatal once symptoms appear,” she added.
Euro 2012: Britain’s tourism minister urges fans to stay home amid fears of racist thugs
New York Daily News
A BBC program showed Nazi salutes, black players being taunted with monkey chants and anti-Semeitic outbursts by hooligans. Ukraine’s Euro 2012 director denies that racism will be a problem at the tournament, which begins Friday in his country and in Poland. England is pushing a ‘staycation’ option for British fans fearful of attending championships.
Airlines now charge extra for window or aisle seat
The airline industry’s latest tactic to increase revenue — charging premiums for window and aisle seats — is making it hard for groups to fly together, say passenger advocates.
George Hobica, founder of travel site AirfareWatchdog, said his organization had received a spate of complaints from Americans who had struck problems being seated together on flights. Complainants included a woman who had been unable to sit next to her husband, who had a medical condition.
Disney hikes single-day tickets to $89
A week after Universal Orlando raised its single-day, single-park ticket prices to $88, giving it the dubious distinction as the priciest theme park in the land, Walt Disney World announced it will best its rival by charging $89, a $4 increase.
The price of a four-day Disney ticket rose to $256. Five- and seven-day passes are $268 and $288, respectively.
The increase, which occurs with clockwork regularity, has Orlando Sentinel columnist Beth Kassab wondering how long it will be before admissions hit the $100 mark. Given average 6% annual increases over the past decade, she figures it could happen by 2014. But, Kassab writes, “A hundred bucks is a lot of money. Like $4-per-gallon gas, it’s a psychological milestone.”