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Novel Coronavirus Discovered in Wuhan City, China

By Emily Elmore | January 21, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that Chinese authorities have made an initial identification of a new coronavirus connected to recent cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, China. As of Thursday, January 9, 2020, the WHO does not recommend “any specific measures for travelers” … and “advises against the application of any travel or… Read more about Novel Coronavirus Discovered in Wuhan City, China

China: New Strain of Coronavirus Connected to Pneumonia Cases

By Matthew Zulauf and Renee Sprole | January 13, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced last week that Chinese authorities have made an initial identification of a new coronavirus connected to recent cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, China. On Saturday, the first death linked to the disease was reported by Chinese officials.   To date, reports from China indicate 15 of the 59… Read more about China: New Strain of Coronavirus Connected to Pneumonia Cases

Airplane Food: How to Dine In-Flight Without Your Stomach Taking a Nosedive

By Shannon Efird | January 7, 2020

This week marks the beginning of the first full week of 2020, and millions of Americans will begin their typical routines again, and along with it, their daily work and personal travel in the air. Recent headlines have shed light on the lack of consistent inspections on airplane food and subsequent health concerns that leave… Read more about Airplane Food: How to Dine In-Flight Without Your Stomach Taking a Nosedive

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

By Megan Kasprzak | December 30, 2019

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… Read more about 2019 in Review: VIGILINT’s Major Health Stories of the Year

World Diabetes Day: Safest Way to Travel with Diabetes

By Megan Kasprzak | November 13, 2019

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… Read more about World Diabetes Day: Safest Way to Travel with Diabetes

Polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Megan Kasprzak | October 28, 2019

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… Read more about Polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Crisis in Hong Kong: Update for Travelers

By Alex Snyder and Emily Elmore | August 22, 2019

Brief History Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain in perpetuity as spoils of the 19th Century Opium Wars. For the next 156 years, under British influence, Hong Kong developed a political culture unique to Mainland China and flourished as an open economy. In 1997, after years of negotiations,  Hong Kong was returned to China­… Read more about Crisis in Hong Kong: Update for Travelers

One Year Later: DRC Ebola Outbreak is the Second-Deadliest in History

By Andrew Miller | August 1, 2019

Today marks one year since the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an Ebola outbreak, and is now considered the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in the history, according to the WHO, topped only by the one in West Africa in 2014. One year later, the fight to contain the outbreak is far from over. This summer… Read more about One Year Later: DRC Ebola Outbreak is the Second-Deadliest in History

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

By Megan Kasprzak | July 18, 2019

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… Read more about ‘Crypto’ parasite outbreaks on the rise in US swimming pools

Snakebites: A Leading Global Health Crisis Causing 200 Deaths Every Day

By Emily Elmore | May 29, 2019

Ophidiophobia is the term to describe one’s abnormal fear of snakes. Researchers believe that the fear has evolutionary traces, developed by early humans as a survival tactic. Although the exact number of individuals suffering from Ophidiophobia is unknown, snake fears are relatively common. Considering that 200 people die every day from snakebites around the world,… Read more about Snakebites: A Leading Global Health Crisis Causing 200 Deaths Every Day

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