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UN agencies support Haitian government in vaccination campaign against cholera

May 26, 2016
UN agencies support Haitian government in vaccination campaign against cholera PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Two United Nations agencies said on Wednesday they are supporting the government of Haiti in a vaccination campaign against cholera that aims to reach 400,000 people in 2016.  In a press release, the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) said...

Region fighting losing battle against zika and other mosquito borne diseases

May 25, 2016
Region fighting losing battle against zika and other mosquito borne diseases BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- According to Dr Joy St John, director of surveillance, disease prevention and control at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the region has been “waging a losing battle and so the battle strategy needs to change if we are to win the war”.

Letter: We, not slavery, are to blame for our current health problems

May 23, 2016
Letter: We, not slavery, are to blame for our current health problems From time to time, I hear the argument being made that the diet that our slave ancestors were “forced fed” is the primary reason why we in Jamaica and the Caribbean have such a major problem with hypertension and diabetes today. This ridiculous argument was again recently made...

More pregnant women affected by zika virus in the US than previously reported

May 21, 2016
More pregnant women affected by zika virus in the US than previously reported ATLANTA, USA -- At least 279 pregnant women in the US and its territories have been infected with the zika virus, more than double the number most recently reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday. To gain a more complete picture of the impact...

EarthTalk: Can we ward off the spread of the zika virus with better environmental management?

May 19, 2016
EarthTalk: Can we ward off the spread of the zika virus with better environmental management? The zika virus, first discovered in Uganda’s Zika Forest in 1947, is transmitted to humans and other mammals through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, and typically causes only a mild and short-term illness (fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis) that likely immunizes the victim from...

Puerto Rico confirms first zika-related birth defect case

May 17, 2016
Puerto Rico confirms first zika-related birth defect case SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The first case of a zika virus-related birth defect known as microcephaly has been recorded in Puerto Rico, according to the Department of Health in San Juan. This is also the first case of microcephaly linked to local transmission of the virus in the US.

Activists in US raise alarm over genetically engineered mosquitoes

May 17, 2016
Activists in US raise alarm over genetically engineered mosquitoes GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Just as bio-scientists are releasing tens of thousands of genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands as part of a project to try and eliminate the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a group of public health, food safety and environmental...

CDC issues zika travel alert for Grenada

May 14, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for Grenada ATLANTA, USA -- Following reports that local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection has been reported in Grenada, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday posted a zika virus travel notice for the island. Local mosquito transmission means that...

Genetically engineered mosquitoes said to be safe and effective

May 12, 2016
Genetically engineered mosquitoes said to be safe and effective GEORGETOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Responding to concerns about the long-term impact of releasing genetically engineered mosquitoes in an effort to eradicate the disease-carrying Aedes aegypti species, the firm behind the bio-science that has created sterile male insects...

CDC issues zika travel alert for St Barts

May 11, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for St Barts ATLANTA, USA -- Following reports that local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection has been reported in Saint Barthelemy (St Barts), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday posted a zika virus travel notice for the island. Local mosquito transmission...

Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week launched to raise awareness on preventing zika

May 10, 2016
Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week launched to raise awareness on preventing zika PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Eliminating mosquito breeding sites, avoiding mosquito bites, and protecting pregnant women from zika virus are the key messages of the inaugural Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week, launched on Monday by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

Newly released dietary supplement may prevent zika symptoms

May 9, 2016
Newly released dietary supplement may prevent zika symptoms SAN JACINTO, USA -- Bio-Stasis International has released a dietary supplement product, ViraPress™, a new and effective sublingual tablet that enhances the immune system and may increase protection while reducing or eliminating symptoms from various mosquito borne viral infections.

UN launches multi-partner trust fund for zika virus response

May 7, 2016
UN launches multi-partner trust fund for zika virus response NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday announced the establishment of the UN Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) to finance critical unfunded priorities in the response to the zika outbreak. The fund, which aims to provide a rapid, flexible...

Grenada confirms first zika case

May 6, 2016
Grenada confirms first zika case ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (GIS) -- The ministry of health has advised that Grenada has reported its first laboratory confirmed case of zika virus infection. A 27-year-old female non-Grenadian was diagnosed as the island's first case of the mosquito related illness. The case was confirmed on...

Five new zika cases confirmed in USVI, including two pregnant women

May 5, 2016
Five new zika cases confirmed in USVI, including two pregnant women ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health has reported five new cases of zika virus, two of which are pregnant women. There are now a total of 21 confirmed zika cases in the USVI; with the first case being confirmed in St John, 15 cases remaining in St Croix, and...

Endoscopic procedure for carpal tunnel syndrome: fast recovery with less pain

April 29, 2016
Endoscopic procedure for carpal tunnel syndrome: fast recovery with less pain MIAMI, USA -- In order to correct carpal tunnel syndrome, unlike open procedures that are most common in the Caribbean, endoscopic procedures are much less painful, and the recovery and rehabilitation is a lot shorter. Patients from The Bahamas, for example, often travel to Miami...

Puerto Rico dedicated to containing zika; welcomes tourists

April 28, 2016
Puerto Rico dedicated to containing zika; welcomes tourists SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- With the zika virus making headlines around the world, Puerto Rico has implemented a comprehensive program to protect its nearly four million residents and five million annual visitors. The Puerto Rico Department of Health is working in close collaboration with...

Two new zika cases confirmed in USVI

April 27, 2016
Two new zika cases confirmed in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed one additional case of the zika virus on St Croix and one in St Thomas. The total confirmed zika cases is now 16; 14 of which are on St Croix and two on St. Thomas.  “Today’s report shows that...

CDC issues zika virus travel advisory for Belize

April 23, 2016
CDC issues zika virus travel advisory for Belize ATLANTA, USA -- On Monday, the US Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) issued a zika virus travel notice for Belize. CDC has issued a number of previous travel notices (level 2, “practice enhanced precautions”) for people traveling to destinations with zika. Travelers to areas...

CDC concludes zika causes microcephaly and other birth defects

April 20, 2016
CDC concludes zika causes microcephaly and other birth defects ATLANTA, USA -- Scientists at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after careful review of existing evidence, that the zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. In the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine...

Zika count rises to 16 in Trinidad

April 18, 2016
Zika count rises to 16 in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Following consultation with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the ministry of health in Trinidad and Tobago reported that, as of Friday, there have been 16 confirmed cases of zika virus infection in Trinidad. There are no confirmed cases in Tobago.

USAID announces $30 million challenge to combat zika

April 15, 2016
USAID announces $30 million challenge to combat zika WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development, calling innovators around the world to submit groundbreaking ideas to enhance the ability to respond to the...

CDC issues zika-related travel advisory for St Lucia

April 15, 2016
CDC issues zika-related travel advisory for St Lucia ATLANTA, USA -- On Wednesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a zika virus travel notice for Saint Lucia following reports of local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection on the island. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area...

'Hundreds of thousands' of zika cases possible in Puerto Rico, says CDC official

April 13, 2016
'Hundreds of thousands' of zika cases possible in Puerto Rico, says CDC official WASHINGTON, USA -- According to US public health officials, the zika virus situation for Puerto Rico and other US territories looks particularly grim, with 354 confirmed cases and 37 pregnant women affected. “We are quite concerned about Puerto Rico, where the virus is spreading...

Over 220,000 patients worldwide benefit from Cuban diabetic foot medication

April 13, 2016
Over 220,000 patients worldwide benefit from Cuban diabetic foot medication HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- More than 220,000 patients in 30 countries benefit from the use of the Cuban medicine Heberprot-P, unique of its kind and marketed by Cuba, which reduces the rate of diabetic foot amputation. The benefits and impact that Heberprot-P have contributed to increased...

Commentary: The eerie truth about air pollution

April 13, 2016
Commentary: The eerie truth about air pollution Sit for a second and take a deep breath. Inhale and exhale gently. Wasn't the refreshing? Do you know what's not refreshing? The air you just inhaled. The quality of the Earth's air is in a constant state of depreciation stemming from the burning of waste products, factory emissions and...

Diabetes at epidemic level in St Kitts-Nevis

April 12, 2016
Diabetes at epidemic level in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- In St Kitts and Nevis, diabetes is bigger than zika, bigger than HIV/AIDS, says chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Patrick Martin. “We have an epidemic of diabetes in the Federation… We have a diabetes rate of 20% in adults. One in every five adults has diabetes,” he said.

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