Ebola Outbreak Reported In Uganda

Ebola outbreak identified in Uganda.

  Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is a rare and deadly illness in humans and nonhuman primates. It was first discovered in 1976 when two outbreaks of a fatal hemorrhagic fever illness occurred in Central Africa. It is thought that the natural host of the virus is fruit bats, but more research is needed to confirm… Continue reading Ebola Outbreak Reported In Uganda

New COVID-19 Booster Shots

On August 31, 2022, the US Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines. This amendment authorized bivalent formulations of the vaccines for use as a single booster dose. This blog aims to detail how the new COVID-19 booster shots differ from previous formulas, the effectiveness and… Continue reading New COVID-19 Booster Shots

Monkeypox: What You Need to Know

Monkeypox rash on hands. Image courtesy of the CDC. 2022

On July 23, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency for the second time in two years.  This time, it’s for the monkeypox virus. The virus is endemic and found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Any cases outside of… Continue reading Monkeypox: What You Need to Know

What You Need to Know About the Omicron “Stealth Variant”

Since the pandemic’s start, the SARS-CoV-2 virus has infected 392 million people and caused 5.7 million deaths worldwide. The highly transmissible omicron variant, first discovered in November 2021, accounts for nearly all active coronavirus infections globally. Recently, headlines have appeared around a new and more powerful subvariant to omicron. The subvariant, also known as the… Continue reading What You Need to Know About the Omicron “Stealth Variant”

Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests from the Government

At-home testing for COVID-19 is an essential tool that can help mitigate the spread of the virus. The US government launched a new website last Tuesday, January 18, allowing households to order up to four free at-home coronavirus tests. Type of At-Home COVID-19 Tests In December, the Biden administration announced the purchase of one billion at-home,… Continue reading Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests from the Government

2019 in Review: VIGILINT’s Major Health Stories of the Year

As a global health company, VIGILINT has a unique mission: we work 24/7 to protect the safety, health, and security of travelers around the world. The VIGILINT team writes blog posts to keep clients up-to-date on current global security and health events. From the US measles outbreak to Ebola on the rise, we’re bringing you… Continue reading 2019 in Review: VIGILINT’s Major Health Stories of the Year

World Diabetes Day: Safest Way to Travel with Diabetes

The leaves have fallen, and we finally have a reprieve from the sweltering summer temperatures. Turkey, stuffing, and time with family are all just around the corner as we enter into the 2019 holiday season. Though visiting family and eating delicious home-cooked meals are staple holiday traditions, the nearly 30.3 million American patients who are… Continue reading World Diabetes Day: Safest Way to Travel with Diabetes

Polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan

A healthcare worker administers polio vaccinations. Photo via Arif Ali/Afgence France-Presse at Getty Images

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. The disease is very contagious and spreads from person to person. Children under the age of 5 are the main demographic affected by the virus. About 75% of individuals who do get infected with poliovirus… Continue reading Polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan

‘Crypto’ parasite outbreaks on the rise in US swimming pools

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School is out and summer is in full swing. Days are filled with backyard barbecues, time with friends, and dips in the pool to beat that relentless summer heat. Though swimming in community pools is a regular part of many American’s summer routines, federal public health officials are urging people to think twice before diving… Continue reading ‘Crypto’ parasite outbreaks on the rise in US swimming pools

2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

Photo courtesy of Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images. 2018.

From the reemergence of vaccine-preventable diseases to Acute Flaccid Myelitis, we’re bringing you a roundup of the major global health stories of 2018. Reemergence of Measles Measles is a highly contagious, viral illness. During the 1950s, in stark contrast to the present day, almost every American was affected by the measles, with nearly all children suffering a bout… Continue reading 2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

The Ongoing Ebola Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Healthcare workers prepare to locate and quarantine Ebola patients. 05 August 2018. John Bompengo via Associated Press

News of the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in western Africa shocked the world and took international media by storm. Despite international efforts to contain the virus, in the largest outbreak of its kind, the virus took the lives of 11,300 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Although no stranger to Ebola and the devastating effects the disease can have on… Continue reading The Ongoing Ebola Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part III- Long-Term Impact on Mental Health

Friends reunite in the middle of a flooded intersection as water continues to rise in their neighborhood following Hurricane HarveyScott Olson / Getty Images

As we wrap up the “Hurricane Florence Aftermath” blog series, there are still thousands of individuals that are stranded in shelters and unable to live in their now-damaged homes. The effects of the deadly storm will linger long after the flood waters have resided, and for our third and final article, we address one of… Continue reading Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part III- Long-Term Impact on Mental Health