The Dangerous (and Profitable) Business of Counterfeit Drugs and Medications

Imagine this: you’re traveling through Sub-Saharan Africa on a business trip and begin to develop terrible flu-like symptoms. You head to a local physician for anti-malarial medication and after taking the medicine, your symptoms become progressively worse. The symptoms resemble an allergic reaction … Read more about The Dangerous (and Profitable) Business of Counterfeit Drugs and Medications

Africa: Dead on the Road

When thinking about the leading cause of death in Africa, you may be surprised to learn it’s not malaria or cholera. In fact, seemingly inconsequential road traffic accidents are responsible for more deaths than malaria in some African countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Africa and … Read more about Africa: Dead on the Road

Deadly Virus is Spreading in Hospitals in the UK

Hospital-acquired infections are a common cause of patient illness and death around the world, including in well-developed hospital systems. The United Kingdom recently reported on an outbreak  in which over 200 patients were colonized with the fungus Candida auris (C. auris). Colonization occurs … Read more about Deadly Virus is Spreading in Hospitals in the UK

The Reappearance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Human beings have benefited from vaccinations for over two centuries. The introduction of medicine as a pathway to prevent diseases came in 1796 when Edward Jenner, a country doctor from England, discovered that milkmaids who had been infected with cowpox (the first vaccine) did not show symptoms of … Read more about The Reappearance of Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Cholera Plagues East Africa

Africa is no stranger to cholera, with the continent accounting for 41% of the world’s reported cholera cases in 2015. Cholera is an easily preventable, acute diarrheal disease that is spread by ingesting food or water contaminated with feces. VIGILINT Staff Physician, Dr. Jason Pickett, highlights … Read more about Cholera Plagues East Africa

This Summer's Tick Boom Could Equal a Surge in Lyme Disease Cases

  This year, experts have reported that tick danger is particularly scary due to last year’s warmer winter and a higher population of White-footed mice in the Northeast. More ticks equal a potential surge of tick-carrying diseases, such as Lyme Disease. In a recent interview with NPR, … Read more about This Summer's Tick Boom Could Equal a Surge in Lyme Disease Cases

Hong Kong's Summer Flu Crisis Leaves 200+ Dead and Thousands more Infected

Hong Kong is experiencing a significant seasonal flu outbreak, with over 200 dead since May; this summer's strain has infected thousands more and hospitals have been overloaded with new patients. According to the Hong Kong Center for Health Protection, over 2,000 new cases were reported in the last … Read more about Hong Kong's Summer Flu Crisis Leaves 200+ Dead and Thousands more Infected

Google-owned Company, Verily, Uses Mosquitoes to Reduce Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, owns and operates the biotechnology company Verily. The company, formerly known as Google Life Sciences, is receiving a lot of attention with an ongoing project. Verily is releasing bacteria-infected mosquitoes in Central California with the goal of reducing the … Read more about Google-owned Company, Verily, Uses Mosquitoes to Reduce Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Ebola Crisis in the DRC Declared Defeated

Two months ago, the deadly Ebola virus made international headlines as it appeared that the virus had returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) And on May 11, the DRC’s Ministry of Health affirmed to the World Health Organization (WHO) that a blood sample taken from a suspected case had … Read more about Ebola Crisis in the DRC Declared Defeated

Yemen: A Man-Made Cholera Outbreak

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 … Read more about Yemen: A Man-Made Cholera Outbreak

VIGILINT Case Study – Medical Emergency at a Corporate Event

Overview: Special events present unique medical challenges that require on-the-ground medical support, crisis management and an actionable plan. This case study illustrates the value of VIGILINT’s on-site medical expertise at a global corporation’s retreat in Las Vegas. Note: The corporation and … Read more about VIGILINT Case Study – Medical Emergency at a Corporate Event