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Hong Kong's Summer Flu Crisis Leaves 200+ Dead and Thousands more Infected

By Matthew Zulauf | July 24, 2017

Hong Kong is experiencing a significant seasonal flu outbreak, with over 200 dead since May; this summer’s strain has infected thousands more and hospitals have been overloaded with new patients. According to the Hong Kong Center for Health Protection, over 2,000 new cases were reported in the last week, with cases predicted to rise. Aside from the… Read more about Hong Kong's Summer Flu Crisis Leaves 200+ Dead and Thousands more Infected

Google-owned Company, Verily, Uses Mosquitoes to Reduce Mosquito-Borne Diseases

By Derrick Flakoll | July 22, 2017

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, owns and operates the biotechnology company Verily. The company, formerly known as Google Life Sciences, is receiving a lot of attention with an ongoing project. Verily is releasing bacteria-infected mosquitoes in Central California with the goal of reducing the Aedes aegypti mosquito population – known carriers of the Zika, dengue and… Read more about Google-owned Company, Verily, Uses Mosquitoes to Reduce Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Ebola Crisis in the DRC Declared Defeated

By Lauren Johnston | July 19, 2017

Two months ago, the deadly Ebola virus made international headlines as it appeared that the virus had returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) And on May 11, the DRC’s Ministry of Health affirmed to the World Health Organization (WHO) that a blood sample taken from a suspected case had tested positive for the… Read more about Ebola Crisis in the DRC Declared Defeated

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

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