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CDC issues zika travel alert for The Bahamas

August 24, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for The Bahamas ATLANTA, USA -- Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) on Tuesday issued a zika virus travel notice for The Bahamas. Local transmission of zika has been reported on the island of New Providence.

Four zika cases confirmed in Bahamas; 26 pregnant women tested positive in St Lucia

August 23, 2016
Four zika cases confirmed in Bahamas; 26 pregnant women tested positive in St Lucia MIAMI, USA -- Health officials in The Bahamas said on Monday that four cases of zika infection in total have been confirmed on New Providence. Officials said there are 83 suspected cases. Of that group, eight are pregnant women. The first case was reported on August 10.

Citing moral responsibility, UN pledges support to Haiti in overcoming cholera epidemic

August 20, 2016
Citing moral responsibility, UN pledges support to Haiti in overcoming cholera epidemic NEW YORK, USA -- Noting that a United States federal appeals court has upheld the United Nations’ immunity from a damage claim filed on behalf cholera victims in Haiti, the Organization said on Friday that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deeply regrets the “terrible suffering” of the Haitian...

Letter: Time to stop visitors from Venezuela from entering the Caribbean without a treatment certificate

August 17, 2016
Letter: Time to stop visitors from Venezuela from entering the Caribbean without a treatment certificate In 2001, Venezuela was so affected by dengue that it trickled down through the Caribbean and the Americas, which reached a crescendo by 2014. Almost every citizen throughout the Caribbean suffered from the disease; it proved unstoppable. Dengue is still hampering Venezuela.

Zika cases in Trinidad and Tobago now likely in thousands, says health minister

August 13, 2016
Zika cases in Trinidad and Tobago now likely in thousands, says health minister PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said on Thursday that the number of zika cases recorded in Trinidad and Tobago were inaccurate and there were more than the 247 confirmed cases, with the likelihood that the figure was in the thousands.

CDC issues zika travel alert for the Cayman Islands

August 12, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for the Cayman Islands ATLANTA, USA -- Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) on Thursday issued a zika virus travel notice for the Cayman Islands. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area...

Two babies born in Barbados with microcephaly

August 11, 2016
Two babies born in Barbados with microcephaly BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The ministry of health is investigating the cause of microcephaly in two babies delivered in Barbados this week. Local doctors are carrying out investigations to determine whether the birth defects are linked to the zika virus or cytomegalovirus infection.

Cayman Islands reports first cases of local zika transmission

August 10, 2016
Cayman Islands reports first cases of local zika transmission GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The first two cases of local transmission of the zika virus in the Cayman Islands have been confirmed by acting medical officer of health Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez. In the first such case reported on Monday, a local man reported the onset of symptoms on...

Letter: Grenada needs a help button to fight zika

August 6, 2016
Letter: Grenada needs a help button to fight zika Mosquito-borne zika transmission is on the rise in Grenada, and the government does not have the money or the means to battle the virus in the country. The zika virus is a dangerous public health threat and the government must pursue every possible measure to combat it.

Thermocycler device provides zika testing in Grenada

August 5, 2016
Thermocycler device provides zika testing in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- St George’s University and Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF), in collaboration with the ministry of health, have partnered with Tetracore to build capacity towards diagnostics and surveillance for zika virus and other...

Fourth case of zika confirmed in the Cayman Islands

August 5, 2016
Fourth case of zika confirmed in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Public health officials in the Cayman Islands have confirmed a fourth case of imported zika virus contracted by a returning resident. Acting medical officer of health Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez said the female patient travelled from 4 to 8 July...

CDC issues zika travel alert for Antigua-Barbuda and Turks and Caicos

August 4, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for Antigua-Barbuda and Turks and Caicos ATLANTA, USA -- Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) on Wednesday issued a zika virus travel notice for Antigua and Barbuda and the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). Local mosquito transmission...

Sixty pregnant women in Trinidad and Tobago infected with zika

August 2, 2016
Sixty pregnant women in Trinidad and Tobago infected with zika PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- There are over 200 confirmed cases of the zika virus in Trinidad and Tobago, of which 60 have been diagnosed in women who are pregnant. Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said 59 cases had been recorded in Trinidad, and one in Tobago.

Physicians take issue with media reports blaming emergency patients for Puerto Rico fiscal crisis

August 2, 2016
Physicians take issue with media reports blaming emergency patients for Puerto Rico fiscal crisis WASHINGTON, USA -- The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and its Puerto Rico Chapter on Monday jointly took issue with recent media reports blaming emergency patients for seeking care and for contributing to an ongoing fiscal crisis in the US territory.

Zika infections increasing rapidly in Puerto Rico

July 30, 2016
Zika infections increasing rapidly in Puerto Rico SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- As of July 7, zika has been diagnosed in 5,582 people, including 672 pregnant women, in Puerto Rico according to a new report published on Friday in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Positive tests for people with suspected zika virus infection have...

Gastroenteritis outbreak reported in Grenada

July 30, 2016
Gastroenteritis outbreak reported in Grenada ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (GIS) -- Health officials in Grenada are stepping up their response to manage and control what appears to be an increase in the number of gastroenteritis cases (gastro/stomach flu) in some parts of the island. On Wednesday, local health authorities issued...

Colombia strengthens its hospital care selection to attract more foreign patients

July 30, 2016
Colombia strengthens its hospital care selection to attract more foreign patients MIAMI, USA -- Colombia continues to position itself as an innovative country in the health industry. It stands out among other countries in Latin America for its highly complex quality procedures performed by some of the top rated and highly trained medical personnel. The International...

Genetically modified mosquito release commences in the Cayman Islands

July 29, 2016
Genetically modified mosquito release commences in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Cayman Islands government strengthened its efforts to protect residents and visitors from zika, dengue and chikungunya with the launch of additional mosquito controls involving the release of genetically modified insects on Thursday.

CARPHA urges the region to take action against hepatitis

July 29, 2016
CARPHA urges the region to take action against hepatitis PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- “Hepatitis claims the lives of many people and puts a heavy economic burden on communities and health systems,” stated Dr. C. James Hospedales in observance of World Hepatitis Day 2016. The executive director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency...

UN experts urge Dominican Republic to protect women's rights to reproductive health

July 28, 2016
UN experts urge Dominican Republic to protect women's rights to reproductive health GENEVA, Switzerland -- Expressing serious concern over the proposed penal code amendment that would criminalize abortions, United Nations human rights experts on Wednesday urged the Dominican Republic’s president and legislators to protect women’s rights to sexual and reproductive...

CDC issues zika travel alert for Saba

July 28, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for Saba ATLANTA, USA -- Following reported local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) on Tuesday issued a zika virus travel notice for Saba. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected with zika virus...

USVI reports nine new zika cases

July 27, 2016
USVI reports nine new zika cases ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Health (DOH) has reported nine new cases of zika in the territory. According to the weekly surveillance report, the total number of confirmed positive cases in the territory is now 65 -- 19 cases on St Croix, 45 cases on St Thomas, and...

Cayman Islands judge rejects ban on release of genetically engineered mosquitoes

July 26, 2016
Cayman Islands judge rejects ban on release of genetically engineered mosquitoes GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Justice Ingrid Mangatal has rejected the application by activists in the Cayman Islands to overturn a decision of the National Conservation Council (NCC) regarding the controversial release of millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes.

Turks and Caicos reports five cases of zika

July 26, 2016
Turks and Caicos reports five cases of zika PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- The ministry of health has reported five confirmed cases of zika virus infections in the Turks and Cases Islands (TCI), three of which are imported and two of which are currently undergoing further investigations to determine whether they are also imported.

Leading epidemiologist weighs in on zika in Puerto Rico to help educate travelers

July 26, 2016
Leading epidemiologist weighs in on zika in Puerto Rico to help educate travelers SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- An esteemed epidemiologist says, unless you are pregnant or planning to conceive, you can have a worry-free vacation in Puerto Rico. Echoing Puerto Rico Tourism Company's (PRTC) ongoing efforts to educate visitors about zika, Dr D.A. Henderson...

Nine percent rise in new HIV infections in the Caribbean

July 25, 2016
Nine percent rise in new HIV infections in the Caribbean DURBAN, South Africa -- “Complacency is largely responsible for the slippage in the AIDS response in the Caribbean,” said the United Nations secretary-general’s special envoy for HIV in the Caribbean, Dr Edward Greene, who was speaking from Durban, South Africa, where more than...

Jamaica takes part in clinical trials for zika

July 25, 2016
Jamaica takes part in clinical trials for zika KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of health, Dr Christopher Tufton, says Jamaica will shortly be participating in a number of clinical trials in the drive to find a vaccine to treat the zika virus. Addressing a Ministry of Health/Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) parish town hall...

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