Health Risks in Boston



There is no specific health risks reported when traveling to the United States.

Nevertheless, Boston was not exempted from the worldwide scare of swine flu. The outbreak of swine flu in May 2009 confirmed a total of 63 cases. The Boston Renaissance School was closed for a week due to the fear of swine flu. Hence, the city government and health officials took preventive measures to fight the disease and set up flu centers to administer vaccinations in September 2009. 

Keep in mind that West Nile virus (WNV) has been discovered in Boston in August 2010, particularly in the northern part of Dorchester. West Nile virus is transmitted trough infected insects; however, no human cases have been reported in Boston and throughout the state of Massachusetts. The last human case reported was back in 2008. Expats are highly recommended to wear bug spray and proper clothing (such as long-sleeved shirts and pants) when going outdoors.

The last mumps outbreak in Boston was recorded in April 2009. The suspected cases are students at Northeastern University. People need to be within 3 to 6 feet of an infected person with mumps to catch it, as mumps is infectious. Mumps is caused by the virus and spreads through infected respiratory tract secretions. Symptoms are fever, headache, muscle ache, tiredness and loss of appetite. 

Medical care is expensive, and it is wise to choose a private health insurance company in Boston that is tailored fit one's needs. Having international health insurance in Boston gives access to the cities' prominent medical centers.