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CDC Warns Of A New Multi-Drug Resistant Salmonella Outbreak

By Emily Elmore | October 22, 2018

Last week’s salmonella outbreak affected 29 states and sickened 92 people, resulting in 21 hospitalizations (no deaths have been reported). These cases mark the 16th salmonella outbreak in 2018,  which is twice as many as 2015 or 2016. The current outbreak is courtesy of a strain called Salmonella Infantis and, according to the CDC, appears to be resistant to a multitude… Read more about CDC Warns Of A New Multi-Drug Resistant Salmonella Outbreak

Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part II – Mosquitoes

By Megan Kasprzak | October 17, 2018

In the first article of our three-part series on the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, we explored the potential effects that hog waste overflow could have on public health and water contamination. In the second part of our series, we are diving into a new flood-related public health threat – mosquitoes. In North Carolina alone, Florence dumped upwards… Read more about Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part II – Mosquitoes

Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part I – Hog Waste and Water Contamination

By Megan Kasprzak | October 3, 2018

In a merciless path of destruction, Hurricane Florence killed 49, trapped hundreds, and made parts of North and South Carolina impassable with historic flooding. Numbers are still being tallied, but the North Carolina Department of Public Safety has estimated that 5,214 people and almost 600 animals were rescued from flooded areas. In addition to the usual challenges that can be expected with floodwaters,… Read more about Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part I – Hog Waste and Water Contamination

Puerto Rico Increases Death Toll to 50 times the Originally Reported Number

By Megan Kasprzak | August 29, 2018

As the nation’s attention turns towards peak hurricane season this year, Puerto Rico and its residents have only just begun to recover from the 2017 hurricane season. In September 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria tore merciless paths of destruction through the Caribbean. Hurricane Irma was a category 5 storm that boasted wind speeds that reached up to 185 mph.… Read more about Puerto Rico Increases Death Toll to 50 times the Originally Reported Number

Traveler’s Diarrhea

By Emily Elmore | August 21, 2018

Traveler’s diarrhea is one of the most common health issues individuals can encounter while traveling in a foreign country. Also known as TD, the stomach and intestinal infection is so common, the CDC reports nearly 30% to 70% of all travelers experience a type of Traveler’s diarrhea while traveling. The unpleasant illness has earned infamous nicknames like “Montezuma’s Revenge,” “Pharaoh’s Revenge,” and “Delhi Belly.” It can take up to… Read more about Traveler’s Diarrhea

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

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