Plague Outbreak Leaves 57 Dead in Madagascar

Oct 17, 2017 | Emily Elmore

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 an unprecedented endemic […]

Spread of Remote Diseases to Major Cities

Oct 11, 2017 | Ezra Baeli-Wang

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 developing regions of the world are cropping up in major […]

Fears of Cholera Epidemic in Puerto Rico Rise

Oct 06, 2017 | Alexandra Valinski

In Hurricane Maria’s wake, Puerto Rico went from a bustling tourism destination to an entire territory resembling Tornado Alley. The demolished and nonexistent infrastructure is devastating, but this is only the beginning of the uphill battle for Puerto Rico. Roads are impassable, standing water drowns the terrain, and water and food contamination are on the […]

Rohingya Crisis: Public Health Threats and What You Can Do to Help

Sep 29, 2017 | Derrick Flakoll

A 75-year-old mother with a broken arm, dragged to safety over three days. Pregnant women on the run, giving birth on the side of the road. A five-year-old girl scarred by an encounter with a military vehicle, sleeping on a dirty hospital floor. These are only a few faces and devastatingly horrific stories of the Rohingya refugees escaping persecution […]

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

Sep 25, 2017 | Mary-Kathryn Hawes

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 matched 485 women who had miscarriages with 485 women who had normal deliveries or […]