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2018 World Cup: Measles Travel Warning

By Emily Elmore | June 12, 2018

On Thursday, millions from around the world will be attending, tuning in or live streaming the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the world’s most popular sporting event, featuring the world’s most popular athlete – Cristiano Ronaldo. For those lucky enough to attend this highly anticipated global event, the CDC has recommended that all attendees should receive… Read more about 2018 World Cup: Measles Travel Warning

Nipah Virus Outbreak: Deadly and Dynamic Situation in India

By Deirdre Curran | May 23, 2018

10 people in Kerala, a southern state in India, have been confirmed dead as a result of the deadly Nipah virus (NiV), said to have been spread by fruit bats. The Nipah virus was first identified in 1999 when pig farmers in Malaysia and Singapore fell extremely ill because of close contact with pigs that carried the… Read more about Nipah Virus Outbreak: Deadly and Dynamic Situation in India

Learn How To Control Bleeding: Stop The Bleed Tutorial

By Emily Elmore | March 31, 2018

VIGILINT’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, David Thompson (MPAS, PA-C) discusses the origin of the National Stop the Bleed Day (March 31) and why the bystanders’ role is so vitally important in saving a life in the case of a traumatic bleeding event. This video shows how to apply a commercial tourniquet (when it is readily… Read more about Learn How To Control Bleeding: Stop The Bleed Tutorial

Nigeria’s Newest Lassa Fever Outbreak

By Deirdre Curran | March 14, 2018

Though Nigeria escaped the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak relatively unscathed, the country is suffering through the latest Lassa fever outbreak. Since the beginning of 2018, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control has reported 353 confirmed cases across 18 of Nigeria’s 36 states, with a case fatality rate among confirmed and probable cases of 23.8%. What is Lassa Fever?… Read more about Nigeria’s Newest Lassa Fever Outbreak

Yellow Fever Epidemic Threatens Brazil

By Alexandra Valinski | March 13, 2018

Brazil is no stranger to mosquito-borne diseases, but some outbreaks tend to grasp media coverage and public attention more than others. The 2016 Zika virus outbreak made global headlines when it threatened much of Central and South America and endangered citizens and travelers alike. In the early months of 2016, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus… Read more about Yellow Fever Epidemic Threatens Brazil

New Developments in the Fight against Alzheimer’s: Cleveland Clinic Researchers Find Promising Results

By Elizabeth Tow | February 19, 2018

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, VIGILINT’s collaborator on our GMAP program, have found a major breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. The study was led by Riqiang Yan,Ph.D and found that inhibiting BACE1, the beta-secretase enzyme active in Alzheimer’s Disease in adult mice halted the generation, and in some cases reversed the buildup of… Read more about New Developments in the Fight against Alzheimer’s: Cleveland Clinic Researchers Find Promising Results

Contagious Norovirus has spread to the Olympic Village

By Derrick Flakoll | February 7, 2018

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 security personnel at the Olympic site are… 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

By Derrick Flakoll | February 1, 2018

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 States and Europe. The… Read more about Fever Dreams: The 1918 Flu Pandemic, ‘Super Vaccines’, and the Fight to Stop the Next Global Outbreak

Stop the Bleed: What You Need to Know in Case of a Life-Threatening Bleeding Emergency

By Elizabeth Tow | January 31, 2018

In recent years, terrorist attacks, active shooter events, and other major traumatic incidents have dominated headlines and proven that tragic events can occur indiscriminately and without warning. The FBI reports 220 incidents of active shooters within the U.S. from 2000-2016, resulting in 661 killed and 825 wounded. In 2017, mass casualty events in Las Vegas… Read more about Stop the Bleed: What You Need to Know in Case of a Life-Threatening Bleeding Emergency

2018 Olympics: Threat of North Korean Attack Lessens; What You Still Need to Know about PyeongChang Medical Facilities

By Emily Elmore | January 17, 2018

North Korea will be sending athletes to compete in South Korea In less than a month, millions of people from around the world will venture to PyeongChang, South Korea, for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. In what South Korea has called the “peace games,” the North Korean and South Korean governments arrived at a careful negotiation last… Read more about 2018 Olympics: Threat of North Korean Attack Lessens; What You Still Need to Know about PyeongChang Medical Facilities

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