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Zika confirmed in three pregnant women in Barbados

February 9, 2016
Zika confirmed in three pregnant women in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The ministry of health in Barbados disclosed on Monday that the three latest confirmed cases of the zika virus have occurred in women who are pregnant. The latest results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) bring the number of confirmed...

Puerto Rico declares public health emergency over zika virus

February 8, 2016
Puerto Rico declares public health emergency over zika virus SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- On Friday, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla declared a public health emergency because of the zika virus, a government statement said. Trinidad and Tobago declared a similar national health emergency on January 19 and on February 1 the World...

PAHO calls for political commitment and more resources to fight zika in the Americas

February 5, 2016
PAHO calls for political commitment and more resources to fight zika in the Americas MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (PAHO/WHO) -- More resources are urgently needed to fight the spread of the zika virus in the Americas and the apparently related increase in microcephaly and other complications, the director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization...

Grenada PM calls on residents to prepare for zika virus

February 5, 2016
Grenada PM calls on residents to prepare for zika virus ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell called on the people of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique to be prepared for the transmission of the zika virus that has already spread to Caribbean countries including Barbados, Curacao, Dominican Republic...

Zika virus may be more easily transmitted than thought

February 4, 2016
Zika virus may be more easily transmitted than thought WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Last week, the new minister of public health, Sigfried Victorina, noted two cases of the zika virus present in Curacao and, given the proximity to Venezuela, Suriname and Brazil, the island may find its borders more than a little compromised. In addition, it is now...

Zika and travel to the Caribbean: The FAQs

February 4, 2016
Zika and travel to the Caribbean: The FAQs BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The spread of the zika virus in the Americas, with Brazil as the epicentre, and the possible though not yet proven accompanying link to microcephaly has, understandably, caused concern. The Level 2 alert issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

CARPHA stresses need for coordinated regional response to zika

February 3, 2016
CARPHA stresses need for coordinated regional response to zika PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- On Monday, Dr Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), declared that clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders potentially linked to the spread of the zika virus (ZIKV) represents a public health emergency.

American and Cuban pediatricians to meet for the first time since normalization in Havana

February 2, 2016
American and Cuban pediatricians to meet for the first time since normalization in Havana DENVER, USA -- For the first time since the US normalized relations with Cuba, a delegation of pediatricians co-led by Dr Stephen Berman of Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado) and the Colorado School of Public Health, will travel to Havana to establish relationships with...

Jamaica confirms first case of zika virus

February 1, 2016
Jamaica confirms first case of zika virus KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The ministry of health has confirmed one case of the zika virus in Jamaica. The patient, who has now recovered is a four year old child. The child began showing symptoms on January 17, 2016, after earlier returning to Jamaica from travel to Texas in the United States.

PM calls for swift action to stop zika virus entering Antigua-Barbuda

February 1, 2016
PM calls for swift action to stop zika virus entering Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Twelve government officials and two managers from a regional airline were invited to Cabinet on Friday to address the challenge posed by the zika virus, and the implementation of the national plan of defence, which the Antigua and Barbuda government articulated a week ago.

Trinidad and Tobago declares national health emergency over zika virus

January 30, 2016
Trinidad and Tobago declares national health emergency over zika virus PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago has declared a national health emergency over the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh announced on Friday that the virus posed a clear threat to Trinidad and Tobago. And he warned pregnant women to...

Inside Paradise: Beyond the call of duty, when health and wellness matters

January 30, 2016
Inside Paradise: Beyond the call of duty, when health and wellness matters Globally the present economic crisis is affecting many countries. This crisis is causing many companies to cutback spending and staff; many governments have sent a mandate to their ministries to hold off on spending, and many professionals are tightening their belts. Obviously, most people...

Emergency meeting convened to address 'explosive' spread of zika virus

January 29, 2016
Emergency meeting convened to address 'explosive' spread of zika virus GENEVA, Switzerland -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has called an emergency meeting for Monday on the “dramatic” rise in Zika virus infection – strongly suspected of causing birth malformations – warning that its “explosive” spread could eventually infect up to four million people.

Caribbean tourism sector to be enhanced by better health systems

January 28, 2016
Caribbean tourism sector to be enhanced by better health systems PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago is one of six Caribbean countries to benefit from a US$800,000 Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) grant to develop and implement a regional tourism health information, monitoring and response system. The other Caribbean nations...

Regional tourism organisations observing protocols on mosquito-borne diseases

January 26, 2016
Regional tourism organisations observing protocols on mosquito-borne diseases BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The public-sector-led Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and its private sector counterpart, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) said on Monday that they were observing national, regional and international health protocols in dealing with...

First case of zika virus confirmed in St Croix, USVI

January 23, 2016
First case of zika virus confirmed in St Croix, USVI ST CROIX, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands Department of Health on Friday confirmed a case positive for zika virus in a 42-year-old woman with no history of previous travel during the incubation period of the virus. The Department of Health’s epidemiologist, Dr Esther Ellis stated...

US issues travel alert over zika virus in Caribbean

January 18, 2016
US issues travel alert over zika virus in Caribbean ATLANTA, USA -- The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday issued a travel warning for the Caribbean region where infection with zika, a mosquito-borne virus, is a risk. The CDC also cautioned pregnant women not to travel to those areas as zika has been linked...

St Kitts-Nevis to establish national health insurance scheme

January 18, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis to establish national health insurance scheme BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Eugene Hamilton, minister of health, said establishing a national health insurance scheme in St Kitts and Nevis is a top priority for the government. His comments were made during a handing over ceremony of IT equipment donated by Taiwan to the Joseph N. France...

Three zika virus cases confirmed in Barbados

January 16, 2016
Three zika virus cases confirmed in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados has recorded its first three cases of the zika virus. According to an official from the ministry of health, of eight samples sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing, three were positive and five negative for the virus.

Cuban medication meets with success in St Vincent and the Grenadines

January 8, 2016
Cuban medication meets with success in St Vincent and the Grenadines HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Cuban diabetic-foot-ulcer treatment known as Heberprot-P is being successfully administered in St Vincent and the Grenadines, the first eastern Caribbean nation to use the new product of Cuban biotechnology. An initial group of 12 patients received...

Region warned to be on alert for zika virus

January 5, 2016
Region warned to be on alert for zika virus WASHINGTON, USA -- An alert has been issued by the Pan American Health Organisation for the Caribbean region as a result of cases of the mosquito-borne zika virus that have occurred. The zika virus is transmitted by the same Aedes aegypti mosquito that is also the insect vector for dengue...

Puerto Rico reports first case of zika virus

January 4, 2016
Puerto Rico reports first case of zika virus SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico has reported its first case of zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading across South America and the Caribbean and has been linked by Brazilian authorities to a serious birth defect, a US congressman said Thursday.  Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico's...

CARPHA continues to battle dengue and chikungunya and prepares for zika

December 15, 2015
CARPHA continues to battle dengue and chikungunya and prepares for zika PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Vector borne diseases, such as dengue, chikungunya and zika, continue to emerge in the Caribbean, threatening health, tourism, social and economic development. According to Dr Joy St John, director of surveillance, disease prevention and control at the...

Jamaican ministry of health heightens alert for zika virus

December 12, 2015
Jamaican ministry of health heightens alert for zika virus KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of health Horace Dalley has called on Jamaicans to take the necessary steps to protect themselves from the zika virus and other mosquito borne diseases as the ministry of health heightens its response to the spread of zika in the region and its threat to Jamaica.

CARPHA receives IDB funding for a more competitive and sustainable Caribbean tourism product

December 8, 2015
CARPHA receives IDB funding for a more competitive and sustainable Caribbean tourism product PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Executive director, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr James Hospedales, has announced that the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved funding in the amount of US$800,000 for CARPHA to address health, safety and environmental...

Barbados to benefit from Chinese health care

December 4, 2015
Barbados to benefit from Chinese health care BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The government of Barbados is currently engaged in ongoing discussions with the embassy of China to facilitate the assignment of Chinese health care personnel in Barbados. News of this came from Health Minister John Boyce on Tuesday night, as he addressed...

CARPHA appeals to residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes

December 1, 2015
CARPHA appeals to residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is again urging residents and visitors and visitors to the region to take every precaution to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Earlier this month, CARPHA had confirmed five cases of Zika virus in a territory...

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