China: New Strain of Coronavirus Connected to Pneumonia Cases

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced last week that Chinese authorities have made an initial identification of a new coronavirus connected to recent cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, China. On Saturday, the first death linked to the disease was reported by Chinese officials. … Read more about China: New Strain of Coronavirus Connected to Pneumonia Cases

Airplane Food: How to Dine In-Flight Without Your Stomach Taking a Nosedive

This week marks the beginning of the first full week of 2020, and millions of Americans will begin their typical routines again, and along with it, their daily work and personal travel in the air. Recent headlines have shed light on the lack of consistent inspections on airplane food and subsequent … Read more about Airplane Food: How to Dine In-Flight Without Your Stomach Taking a Nosedive

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 … Read more about 2019 in Review: VIGILINT’s Major Health Stories of the Year

World Diabetes Day: Safest Way to Travel with Diabetes

The leaves have fallen, and we finally have a reprieve from the sweltering summer temperatures. Turkey, stuffing, and time with family are all just around the corner as we enter into the 2019 holiday season. Though visiting family and eating delicious home-cooked meals are staple holiday traditions, … Read more about World Diabetes Day: Safest Way to Travel with Diabetes

Polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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 … Read more about Polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Crisis in Hong Kong: Update for Travelers

Brief History Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain in perpetuity as spoils of the 19th Century Opium Wars. For the next 156 years, under British influence, Hong Kong developed a political culture unique to Mainland China and flourished as an open economy. In 1997, after years of negotiations,  Hong … Read more about Crisis in Hong Kong: Update for Travelers

One Year Later: DRC Ebola Outbreak is the Second-Deadliest in History

Today marks one year since the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an Ebola outbreak, and is now considered the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in the history, according to the WHO, topped only by the one in West Africa in 2014. One year later, the fight to contain the outbreak is far from … Read more about One Year Later: DRC Ebola Outbreak is the Second-Deadliest in History

‘Crypto’ parasite outbreaks on the rise in US swimming pools

School is out and summer is in full swing. Days are filled with backyard barbecues, time with friends, and dips in the pool to beat that relentless summer heat. Though swimming in community pools is a regular part of many American’s summer routines, federal public health officials are urging people … Read more about ‘Crypto’ parasite outbreaks on the rise in US swimming pools

Snakebites: A Leading Global Health Crisis Causing 200 Deaths Every Day

Ophidiophobia is the term to describe one’s abnormal fear of snakes. Researchers believe that the fear has evolutionary traces, developed by early humans as a survival tactic. Although the exact number of individuals suffering from Ophidiophobia is unknown, snake fears are relatively common. … Read more about Snakebites: A Leading Global Health Crisis Causing 200 Deaths Every Day

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

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 … Read more about Understanding “Elimination” vs “Eradication” of Infectious Diseases in The Wake of The Measles Outbreak

Measles Cases Hit 25-Year Record High At The Start Of National Infant Immunization Week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report today that at least 704 people have been sickened by measles since January 1, 2019 – the greatest number of reported cases in 25 years, marking a sad and alarming milestone in the history of the disease. The measles … Read more about Measles Cases Hit 25-Year Record High At The Start Of National Infant Immunization Week

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 … Read more about Measles – An Ongoing Epidemic