Stories from 2022: Vaccine-Derived Polio

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In spring 2022, public health authorities in both the United States and Great Britain reported the discovery of vaccine-derived poliovirus in several environmental samples from their respective countries. In July, the New York State Department of Health informed the CDC that they had identified a case of polio caused by vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (VDPV2)… Continue reading Stories from 2022: Vaccine-Derived Polio

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

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

Polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan

A healthcare worker administers polio vaccinations. Photo via Arif Ali/Afgence France-Presse at Getty Images

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… Continue reading Polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan

2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

Photo courtesy of Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images. 2018.

From the reemergence of vaccine-preventable diseases to Acute Flaccid Myelitis, we’re bringing you a roundup of the major global health stories of 2018. Reemergence of Measles Measles is a highly contagious, viral illness. 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… Continue reading 2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

Cold Room Down: Losses and the Threat of Polio in Syria

A child takes oral polio vaccine. Source: WHO, “10 Facts on Polio Eradication.” April 2017.

On October 17, 2017, U.S.-backed forces captured the Syrian city of Raqqa from the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). The liberation of the city, once the would-be caliphate’s capital, starkly demonstrated ISIS’ extensive territorial losses. However, the fight isn’t over; the terror group still clings to its last territory in Syria’s eastern Deir-ez-Zor governorate. And there,… Continue reading Cold Room Down: Losses and the Threat of Polio in Syria