Coronavirus Update: Serological Testing

The 20-minute coronavirus test was brought from China and created in cooperation with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). (Omar Marques/Getty Images)

Serological testing, also known as antibody testing, is a critical element of discussion when determining how and when the country will reopen. The process requires a blood sample to detect the presence of neutralizing antibodies (IgM, IgG) against a microorganism. Serological antibody tests are unlike polymerase chain reaction (PCR) diagnostic tests as the latter specifically… Continue reading Coronavirus Update: Serological Testing

Gonorrhea: The Next Superbug?

Source: CDC, Genomic sequencing of Neisseria gonorrhoeae to respond to the urgent threat of antimicrobial-resistant gonorrhea. June 20, 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… Continue reading Gonorrhea: The Next Superbug?

Yemen: A Man-Made Cholera Outbreak

Source: OCHA. Boy awaits treatment in Yemen. June 30, 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… Continue reading Yemen: A Man-Made Cholera Outbreak

Epidemiology Report: Mosquito Borne Diseases From Travel

Source: The Aedes Mosquito. September 2, 2015

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,… Continue reading Epidemiology Report: Mosquito Borne Diseases From Travel

Travel Emergency Nightmare: Held Hostage by the Hospital

We’ve all experienced an unexpected sickness while traveling, possibly caused by an undercooked piece of meat from the local “go-to” restaurant or maybe a virus that was contracted earlier inconveniently rearing its ugly head 2,000 miles from home. Sickness does not discriminate; the anxiety triples when we are in a foreign country and worsens if… Continue reading Travel Emergency Nightmare: Held Hostage by the Hospital

Cuts to USAID increase the likelihood of a major global pandemic

With government program funding cuts and key positions left unfilled, the United States is critically unprepared to forestall the emergency of the next global pandemic. A corporation’s internal preparedness pandemic preparedness efforts just became significantly more important. The Trump Administration is proposing a 25% funding cut at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).… Continue reading Cuts to USAID increase the likelihood of a major global pandemic