Contagious Norovirus has spread to the Olympic Village

A norovirus outbreak has struck PyeongChang, South Korea two days before the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics are due to begin. 41 private guards hired to secure the games were hospitalized with severe diarrhea and vomiting late on Sunday. As of February 6th, 2018, 1,200 private … Read more about Contagious Norovirus has spread to the Olympic Village

Fever Dreams: The 1918 Flu Pandemic, ‘Super Vaccines’, and the Fight to Stop the Next Global Outbreak

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of an influenza pandemic that devastated the world, a global outbreak that has been cited as the worst in recorded history. As American troops deployed to the Western Front at the close of World War 1, the flu spread from Kansas military camps across the United … Read more about Fever Dreams: The 1918 Flu Pandemic, ‘Super Vaccines’, and the Fight to Stop the Next Global Outbreak

Ebola’s Social Side Effects: Liberia’s Election and the Lingering Impacts of the Ebola Crisis

Two years after its devastating Ebola outbreak, Liberia has been in the global spotlight once again. The African nation’s contested presidential election could result in its first democratic transfer of power after a 12 year tenure from President Ellen Johnson, Africa's first female elected head of … Read more about Ebola’s Social Side Effects: Liberia’s Election and the Lingering Impacts of the Ebola Crisis

What You Need To Know About Travel Insurance & Medical Evacuations

Holiday travel is stressful enough without having to worry about cancellations, medical emergencies, and other journey-derailing challenges. That’s why millions of Americans collectively spent $2.8 billion on travel insurance and protection plans in 2016. But many of these travelers might be in for … Read more about What You Need To Know About Travel Insurance & Medical Evacuations

Cold Room Down: Losses and the Threat of Polio in Syria

On October 17, 2017, U.S.-backed forces captured the Syrian city of Raqqa from the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). The liberation of the city, once the would-be caliphate’s capital, starkly demonstrated ISIS’ extensive territorial losses. However, the fight isn’t over; the terror group still clings … Read more about Cold Room Down: Losses and the Threat of Polio in Syria

Rohingya Crisis: Public Health Threats and What You Can Do to Help

A 75-year-old mother with a broken arm, dragged to safety over three days. Pregnant women on the run, giving birth on the side of the road. A five-year-old girl scarred by an encounter with a military vehicle, sleeping on a dirty hospital floor. These are only a few faces and devastatingly horrific … Read more about Rohingya Crisis: Public Health Threats and What You Can Do to Help

Petland Puppies Linked to Causing Infections in Humans

Loving. Loyal. Adorable. Infectious? In a story that broke last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that puppies purchased from the national pet store chain, Petland, were at the epicenter of a multi-state outbreak of a human diarrheal illness caused by Campylobacter … Read more about Petland Puppies Linked to Causing Infections in Humans

Dengue Bites: Southeast Asia and the Explosive Growth of an Emerging Disease

Last year, the sudden emergence of Zika virus stunned onlookers around the world. Now dengue [deng-gay] fever, a close relative of Zika, is infecting tens of thousands across Southeast Asia. This summer’s outbreaks are a result of decades of explosive growth: since 1970, dengue’s endemic area … Read more about Dengue Bites: Southeast Asia and the Explosive Growth of an Emerging Disease

Google-owned Company, Verily, Uses Mosquitoes to Reduce Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, owns and operates the biotechnology company Verily. The company, formerly known as Google Life Sciences, is receiving a lot of attention with an ongoing project. Verily is releasing bacteria-infected mosquitoes in Central California with the goal of reducing the … Read more about Google-owned Company, Verily, Uses Mosquitoes to Reduce Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Zika: One Year Later

April 17, 2017: One year ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika a global public health emergency. While that formal emergency designation was rescinded several months ago, Zika remains a serious health threat for governments, corporations, and travelers. Its severe repercussions for … Read more about Zika: One Year Later