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Plague Outbreak Leaves 57 Dead in Madagascar

By Emily Elmore | October 17, 2017

This might be news to some, but centuries after the black death took 25 million lives –  an estimated 60% of the European population – the plague is still present in our modern world. Madagascar, an island located off the southeast coast of Africa and home to 24.89 million residents, is experiencing an unprecedented endemic… Read more about Plague Outbreak Leaves 57 Dead in Madagascar

Spread of Remote Diseases to Major Cities

By Ezra Baeli-Wang | October 11, 2017

While adventure travelers to sub-Saharan Africa have known for years about the intricacies of malaria prophylaxis or sleeping with a mosquito net, travelers to more tame locations now need to prepare for some of those same diseases.  An increasing number of mosquito-borne illnesses common in developing regions of the world are cropping up in major… Read more about Spread of Remote Diseases to Major Cities

Fears of Cholera Epidemic in Puerto Rico Rise

By Alexandra Valinski | October 6, 2017

In Hurricane Maria’s wake, Puerto Rico went from a bustling tourism destination to an entire territory resembling Tornado Alley. The demolished and nonexistent infrastructure is devastating, but this is only the beginning of the uphill battle for Puerto Rico. Roads are impassable, standing water drowns the terrain, and water and food contamination are on the… Read more about Fears of Cholera Epidemic in Puerto Rico Rise

Rohingya Crisis: Public Health Threats and What You Can Do to Help

By Derrick Flakoll | September 29, 2017

A 75-year-old mother with a broken arm, dragged to safety over three days. Pregnant women on the run, giving birth on the side of the road. A five-year-old girl scarred by an encounter with a military vehicle, sleeping on a dirty hospital floor. These are only a few faces and devastatingly horrific stories of the Rohingya refugees escaping persecution… Read more about Rohingya Crisis: Public Health Threats and What You Can Do to Help

VIGILINT CMO: Pregnant Women Should Still Get The Flu Shot, Despite CDC Study

By Mary-Kathryn Hawes | September 25, 2017

On September 13, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention published their study in Vaccine Journal identifying a possible link between miscarriages in pregnant women and multiple doses of a specific influenza vaccine. The study was conducted over two flu seasons (2010-2011, 2011-2012) and matched 485 women who had miscarriages with 485 women who had normal deliveries or… Read more about VIGILINT CMO: Pregnant Women Should Still Get The Flu Shot, Despite CDC Study

Bird Flu Continues to Ravage Parts of China

By Ezra Baeli-Wang | September 20, 2017

China is currently battling the largest outbreak of bird flu with “the greatest potential to cause a pandemic.”  Since its discovery in China in March 2013, avian influenza A (H7N9) has demonstrated an ability to mutate quickly. With these rapid changes, the virus has grown more lethal to poultry—now killing chickens in 24 hours—and less… Read more about Bird Flu Continues to Ravage Parts of China

Petland Puppies Linked to Causing Infections in Humans

By Derrick Flakoll | September 19, 2017

Loving. Loyal. Adorable. Infectious? In a story that broke last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that puppies purchased from the national pet store chain, Petland, were at the epicenter of a multi-state outbreak of a human diarrheal illness caused by Campylobacter bacteria. Understandably so, this is causing serious concern for the well-being… Read more about Petland Puppies Linked to Causing Infections in Humans

Facilities Need Emergency Disaster Plans

By Deirdre Curran | September 14, 2017

Nursing Home Residents Die After Irma-Related Power Outage As details continue to emerge, families in Florida are mourning the loss of at least eight nursing home residents after a Hurricane Irma-related power outage. Local authorities were only alerted Wednesday morning as a slow stream of residents began to arrive at Memorial Regional Hospital, located next… Read more about Facilities Need Emergency Disaster Plans

San Diego's Public Health Crisis

By Matthew Zulauf | September 13, 2017

The city of San Diego, California, has been battling an outbreak of the hepatitis A virus (HAV) since November of 2016.  To date, the outbreak has taken 16 lives and has led to over 300 cases. On September 1, 2017, San Diego’s public health officials declared the current hepatitis A outbreak a public health emergency after… Read more about San Diego's Public Health Crisis

Harvey Aftermath: What Happens Now?

By Emily Elmore | September 4, 2017

As the nation’s attention turns towards Hurricane Irma and the potential of another catastrophic storm hitting the United States, Houston and its residents have only just begun the massive clean up and damage assessment from Hurricane Harvey. The storm itself has subsided to a tropical storm depression and to prevent more severe flooding, Houston is partially draining two… Read more about Harvey Aftermath: What Happens Now?

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