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Four additional cases of chikungunya confirmed in Jamaica

September 2, 2014
Four additional cases of chikungunya confirmed in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The ministry of health in jamaica has confirmed four additional cases of chikungunya, bringing the total number of confirmed cases for the country to 21. Of this number, 18 are from local transmission, two imported and one considered cryptic due the uncertainty of...

Grenada confirms twelve more confirmed cases of chikungunya

August 29, 2014
Grenada confirms twelve more confirmed cases of chikungunya ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- The Grenadian health ministry has reported confirmation of 12 additional cases of chikungunya on the mainland. The announcement was made on Tuesday by acting chief medical officer Dr Alister Antoine, who said the 12 cases were laboratory-confirmed.

Guyana reports 76 cases of chikungunya

August 22, 2014
Guyana reports 76 cases of chikungunya GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Chief medical officer (CMO), Dr Shamdeo Persaud, has confirmed that Guyana has recorded a total of 76 cases of the chikungunya disease from approximately 250 samples that were sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad and Tobago.

Commentary: Kamla is right: Joint Caribbean action vital to ensure no health crisis

August 22, 2014
Commentary: Kamla is right: Joint Caribbean action vital to ensure no health crisis Trinidad and Tobago’s prime minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, is right to have called for a special meeting of leaders of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) “to take pre-emptive measures to ensure the safety, health and well-being of millions of citizens of the Caribbean region”.

Trinidad and Tobago PM calls for CARICOM meeting to discuss public health measures

August 20, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago PM calls for CARICOM meeting to discuss public health measures PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has called for a special Caribbean Community (CARICOM) meeting to determine a coordinated response to the two main public health threats facing the world, namely the Ebola and chikungunya outbreaks.

No antibodies to fight chikunguna fever in the Caribbean

August 20, 2014
No antibodies to fight chikunguna fever in the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA (World Bank) -- Chikunguña fever is spreading more rapidly through Latin America and the Caribbean than it takes to learn to spell and pronounce its name correctly. The virus has already killed 21 people and infected some 6,000 in the region, a relatively small number compared...

Ten cases of chikungunya confirmed in Jamaica

August 19, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The ministry of health in Jamaica has confirmed two additional locally transmitted cases of chikungunya. Director, Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse said the positive results were received on August 15.

Four new locally transmitted cases of chikungunya confirmed in Jamaica

August 15, 2014
Four new locally transmitted cases of chikungunya confirmed in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The ministry of health has confirmed another four locally transmitted cases of chikungunya in Jamaica. Director, emergency, disaster management and special services, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse, said the positive results were received on Wednesday from samples.

Jamaica reports two new cases of chikungunya

August 11, 2014
Jamaica reports two new cases of chikungunya KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The ministry of health confirmed on Thursday two additional cases of the chikungunya virus in Jamaica. This was revealed by minister of health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, during a press briefing held at the Ministry’s downtown Kingston offices.

Commentary: Neglected Tropical Diseases: Latin America and the Caribbean's silent killer

August 9, 2014
Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a collection of chronic, bacterial, parasitic, and viral diseases that have remained largely unnoticed and uncured by the global community.[1] NTDs affect the lives of more than 1.5 billion people worldwide and cause, on average, the death of...

Open letter to Jamaican minister of health: Stop the daily chemical attacks against innocent citizens

August 9, 2014
I write you to ask that you immediately suspend the policy in regard to Ministry of Health mosquito spraying programme. This method of constant spraying without warning to residents is an absolute criminal assault, especially against those who have respiratory problems.

Risk of Ebola in Caribbean 'low' says CARPHA, but preparation needed

August 8, 2014
Risk of Ebola in Caribbean 'low' says CARPHA, but preparation needed PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the new single regional public health agency for the Caribbean, says the risk of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) being imported to the Caribbean is low. Executive director of CARPHA, Dr C. James Hospedales said, “There have been no...

COHSOD endorses holistic strategy to reduce adolescent pregnancy in the Caribbean

August 8, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) has approved a strategy and plan to reduce the number of adolescent pregnancies in each country of the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean.

Caribbean medical facility welcomes regional neighbours

July 30, 2014
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- A new medical facility in the Caribbean is offering affordable, world-class services to its neighbours as an alternative to the rising health care costs typically found throughout the region and North America. Founded by Narayana Health's Dr Devi Shetty...

EarthTalk: Ocean debris

July 28, 2014
EarthTalk: Ocean debris The so-far in-vain search for Flight 370 has indeed stirred up interest in the growing problem of ocean debris as objects thought to possibly be plane parts have repeatedly turned out to be just floating trash.“The ocean is like a plastic soup, bulked up with the croutons of these larger items”...

Barbados and Cayman Islands report first locally transmitted chikungunya cases

July 24, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The ministry of health in Barbados has reported the first case of chikungunya in a resident with no known travel history. Another six cases confirmed so far have all been imported into the island. In the Cayman Islands, out of seven cases tested...

Discussions underway to address nursing shortage in Caribbean

July 24, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s minister of health, Dr Fenton Ferguson, says that discussions are underway to facilitate the seamless movement of nurses throughout the Caribbean in order to address needs in various areas. The aim is to address imbalances.

Jamaican health ministry heightens chikungunya response

July 22, 2014
Jamaican health ministry heightens chikungunya response KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Having confirmed Jamaica’s first imported case of the chikungunya virus, the ministry of health has further heightened its response to prevent the disease from spreading across the country. “Public education is being stepped up right across the island through our vast network of...

Letter: The prime minister, HIV and the Caribbean

July 22, 2014
The Caribbean is second in the world to Sub-Saharan Africa in the rate of HIV infection. The primary mode of transmission in the region is heterosexual intercourse with high risk groups to include men who have sex with men (MSM) and there is intersection between the two.

Puerto Rico declares chikungunya epidemic

July 21, 2014
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On Thursday, health officials in Puerto Rico declared an epidemic of chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus that has been confirmed in more than 200 cases across the island as of late last month. Health Secretary Ana Rius said the majority of those cases...

EarthTalk: Safer and more effective sunscreens

July 21, 2014
EarthTalk: Safer and more effective sunscreens Skin cancer is by far the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more new cases each year than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined. And the rate of newly diagnosed cases of the most deadly skin cancer, melanoma, has tripled over the last three decades.

Commentary: Happy chikunguya and welcome to Haiti's fiesta season!

July 19, 2014
Commentary: Happy chikunguya and welcome to Haiti's fiesta season! I remembered the exact date I had my encounter with chikunguya fever; it was on May 1st, I have just returned from the May Day agricultural fair organized every year in Haiti by the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Agriculture. The first symptom was a diarrhea, I took it in stride because I figured out...

Jamaica confirms first case of chikungunya

July 18, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Chief Medical Officer Dr Kevin Harvey has confirmed that Jamaica now has its first imported case of chikungunya. This following the receipt of a report from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on Thursday confirming that a sample sent on Tuesday...

Bahamas trying to prevent spread of chikungunya virus

July 10, 2014
NASSAU, Bahamas -- With the rapid spread of the chikungunya virus in some parts of the Caribbean, Minister of the Environment and Housing Kenred Dorsett said on Tuesday that public health officials in The Bahamas have been ordered to increase their efforts to diminish the threat of...

Nevis records first cases of chikungunya fever

July 8, 2014
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) -- On July 2, 2014, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) informed the ministry of health, Nevis, of two laboratory-confirmed cases of chikungunya fever on the island. These are the first confirmed cases of chikungunya on the island of Nevis.

Cuba and Syria discuss medical and pharmaceutical collaboration

July 5, 2014
Cuba and Syria discuss medical and pharmaceutical collaboration HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban and Syrian officials have discussed in Damascus ways to initiate bilateral cooperation in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. During a meeting with Cuban ambassador Fernando Perez, Syria's health minister Saad al-Nayef addressed the need...

Guyana to improve water, sanitation services

July 4, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana will strengthen and improve access to drinking water and sanitation services with a US$16,838,250 loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The initiative is known as the program to improve water and sanitation infrastructure and supply.

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