New COVID-19 Booster Shots

On August 31, 2022, the US Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines. This amendment authorized bivalent formulations of the vaccines for use as a single booster dose. This blog aims to detail how the new COVID-19 booster shots differ from previous formulas, the effectiveness and… Continue reading New COVID-19 Booster Shots

Flu Season & the Pandemic: Twindemic or a Manageable Crisis?

Image: Verywell / Lara Antal

As of September 17, 2020, there are over 29.9 million COVID-19 cases and 941,000 deaths worldwide. The United States leads the count with over 6.65 million cases and 197,000 deaths. The influential model from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects there could be approximately 415,000 COVID-19 deaths by January 1, 2021 in the… Continue reading Flu Season & the Pandemic: Twindemic or a Manageable Crisis?

Understanding “Elimination” vs “Eradication” of Infectious Diseases in The Wake of The Measles Outbreak

CDC: States That Have Reported Measles Cases in 2019

Latest Measles Data   From January 1, 2019, through May 10, 2019, measles cases are now up to 839 and present in 23 states, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week. The outbreaks in the US have been cited as “numerous” and “unrelated” to each other. The multi-state element is… Continue reading Understanding “Elimination” vs “Eradication” of Infectious Diseases in The Wake of The Measles Outbreak

Measles – An Ongoing Epidemic

As numbers continue to rise in the European measles epidemic, localized outbreaks throughout the United States and parts of the rest of the world are being reported. Instead of receding, it appears that the European measles epidemic has transformed into a worldwide measles epidemic. Both local and international travelers should be aware of the risks… Continue reading Measles – An Ongoing Epidemic

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

Epidemiology Report: Mosquito Borne Diseases From Travel

Source: CNN.com. 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