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Gonorrhea: The Next Superbug?

By Derrick Flakoll | July 18, 2017

For years, public health experts have warned that a rising tide of antibiotic resistance could make once-manageable diseases into untreatable “superbugs.” Now, an illness most would rather ignore is approaching that threshold and demanding global attention: gonorrhea. Gonorrhea, a sexually-transmitted bacterial infection, is already a heavy burden on public health agencies. The WHO estimates that… Read more about Gonorrhea: The Next Superbug?

Yemen: A Man-Made Cholera Outbreak

By Alexandra Valinski | July 13, 2017

Yemen’s cholera outbreak has deep roots in the country’s civil war; warring factions have destroyed sanitation infrastructure and blocked access to critical medical and humanitarian supplies. Cholera is an acute diarrheal infection caused by the ingestion of bacteria present in water and food contaminated with feces. Previous outbreaks in Haiti, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic… Read more about Yemen: A Man-Made Cholera Outbreak

VIGILINT Case Study – Medical Emergency at a Corporate Event

By Emily Elmore | July 11, 2017

Overview: Special events present unique medical challenges that require on-the-ground medical support, crisis management and an actionable plan. This case study illustrates the value of VIGILINT’s on-site medical expertise at a global corporation’s retreat in Las Vegas. Note: The corporation and employee’s name have been withheld in accordance with the corporations PR and legal policies.… Read more about VIGILINT Case Study – Medical Emergency at a Corporate Event

The Invisible Threat – Inside the Leading Environmental Cause of Death

By Matthew Zulauf | July 10, 2017

An unintended consequence of globalization and the spread of industrialization, air pollution has become the leading environmental cause of death globally and fifth among all causes of death, including smoking, diet, and high blood pressure. The 2017 State of Global Air report found that air pollution was responsible for 4.2 million deaths worldwide in 2015.… Read more about The Invisible Threat – Inside the Leading Environmental Cause of Death

Meningitis in Nigeria

By Lauren Johnston | June 30, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa, aptly named the “African Meningitis Belt”,  is no stranger to meningitis outbreaks with over one million cases reported since 1988. Outbreaks generally occur during the dry months (December – June) when people are more likely to spread the disease by sneezing and coughing as a result of the dry air. And this season,… Read more about Meningitis in Nigeria

Measles: Here to Stay?

By Claire Karasek | June 22, 2017

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 of the measles before their 15th birthday. Now, 17 years after being declared eliminated, the U.S. is experiencing a comeback of this deadly disease. Back Again So Soon? Until 2008,… Read more about Measles: Here to Stay?

Epidemiology Report: Mosquito Borne Diseases From Travel

By Mary-Kathryn Hawes | June 21, 2017

As VIGILINT has reported, the 2016 Zika outbreak in Central and South America highlighted the threat posed by vector-borne diseases to governments, corporations, and travelers. With the ability to host a number of different diseases, mosquitos cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide each year. Increasing global temperatures create more mosquito-friendly habitats,… Read more about Epidemiology Report: Mosquito Borne Diseases From Travel

Travel Emergency Nightmare: Held Hostage by the Hospital

By Alexandra Valinski | June 16, 2017

We’ve all experienced an unexpected sickness while traveling, possibly caused by an undercooked piece of meat from the local “go-to” restaurant or maybe a virus that was contracted earlier inconveniently rearing its ugly head 2,000 miles from home. Sickness does not discriminate; the anxiety triples when we are in a foreign country and worsens if… Read more about Travel Emergency Nightmare: Held Hostage by the Hospital

Zika: One Year Later

By Derrick Flakoll | May 3, 2017

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 pregnancies and rare but potentially severe complications in adults, wide geographic spread,… Read more about Zika: One Year Later

Cuts to USAID increase the likelihood of a major global pandemic

By Emily Elmore | April 26, 2017

With government program funding cuts and key positions left unfilled, the United States is critically unprepared to forestall the emergency of the next global pandemic. A corporation’s internal preparedness pandemic preparedness efforts just became significantly more important. The Trump Administration is proposing a 25% funding cut at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).… Read more about Cuts to USAID increase the likelihood of a major global pandemic

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