2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

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 … Read more about 2018 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part II – Mosquitoes

In the first article of our three-part series on the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, we explored the potential effects that hog waste overflow could have on public health and water contamination. In the second part of our series, we are diving into a new flood-related public health threat – … Read more about Hurricane Florence Aftermath Part II – Mosquitoes

Nipah Virus Outbreak: Deadly and Dynamic Situation in India

10 people in Kerala, a southern state in India, have been confirmed dead as a result of the deadly Nipah virus (NiV), said to have been spread by fruit bats. The Nipah virus was first identified in 1999 when pig farmers in Malaysia and Singapore fell extremely ill because of close contact with pigs … Read more about Nipah Virus Outbreak: Deadly and Dynamic Situation in India

Flu Season is Upon Us

We all prepare for the winter season in similar ways—cutting firewood, making homemade dishes, drinking hot beverages, and for many of us, receiving the flu shot. The annual prick has become a habit for many Americans as the cold, winter months approach. Although this task may seem like one more … Read more about Flu Season is Upon Us

Norovirus Outbreak in Raleigh

Last week, NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, announced that 60 students have contracted norovirus, which is a highly contagious disease causing inflammation of the stomach or intestines or both. VIGILINT’s headquarters is in the Raleigh area. The outbreak is said to have begun on … Read more about Norovirus Outbreak in Raleigh

Plague Outbreak Leaves 57 Dead in Madagascar

This might be news to some, but centuries after the black death took 25 million lives -  an estimated 60% of the European population – the plague is still present in our modern world. Madagascar, an island located off the southeast coast of Africa and home to 24.89 million residents, is experiencing … Read more about Plague Outbreak Leaves 57 Dead in Madagascar

Spread of Remote Diseases to Major Cities

While adventure travelers to sub-Saharan Africa have known for years about the intricacies of malaria prophylaxis or sleeping with a mosquito net, travelers to more tame locations now need to prepare for some of those same diseases.  An increasing number of mosquito-borne illnesses common in … Read more about Spread of Remote Diseases to Major Cities

VIGILINT CMO: Pregnant Women Should Still Get The Flu Shot, Despite CDC Study

On September 13, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention published their study in Vaccine Journal identifying a possible link between miscarriages in pregnant women and multiple doses of a specific influenza vaccine. The study was conducted over two flu seasons (2010-2011, 2011-2012) and … Read more about VIGILINT CMO: Pregnant Women Should Still Get The Flu Shot, Despite CDC Study

Petland Puppies Linked to Causing Infections in Humans

Loving. Loyal. Adorable. Infectious? In a story that broke last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that puppies purchased from the national pet store chain, Petland, were at the epicenter of a multi-state outbreak of a human diarrheal illness caused by Campylobacter … Read more about Petland Puppies Linked to Causing Infections in Humans

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

Epidemiology Report: Mosquito Borne Diseases From Travel

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 … Read more about Epidemiology Report: Mosquito Borne Diseases From Travel