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Fogging has negligible impact on spread of chikungunya virus, says USVI health official

September 17, 2014
Fogging has negligible impact on spread of chikungunya virus, says USVI health official ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett said on Monday that there has been an outcry for the Department of Health to conduct truck mounted fogging to control adult mosquitoes and to end the spread of the chikungunya virus in the territory.

Health officials address chikungunya concerns in Trinidad and Tobago

September 13, 2014
Health officials address chikungunya concerns in Trinidad and Tobago PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- The ministry of health has tried to allay the concerns of residents based on reports circulated regarding the chikungunya virus in Trinidad and Tobago. As of Thursday, there are 42 confirmed chikungunya cases in Trinidad and one confirmed case in Tobago.

Contrary to media reports, CARPHA has not stopped testing for chikungunya

September 12, 2014
Contrary to media reports, CARPHA has not stopped testing for chikungunya PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Contrary to recent media reports, CARPHA continues to test for the Chikungunya virus. At a media conference on Thursday morning at the agency’s headquarters in Port of Spain, CARPHA’s executive director, Dr James Hospedales, pointed out that...

USVI declares war on disease-carrying mosquitoes

September 11, 2014
USVI declares war on disease-carrying mosquitoes ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Commissioner of Health, Darice Plaskett, recently concluded a multiagency task force conference call to organize and align the department’s efforts to support and protect the community against the spread of chikungunya and other harmful mosquito-borne...

EarthTalk: Chemicals and obesity

September 11, 2014
EarthTalk: Chemicals and obesity Obesity is a huge problem in the US and other industrialized countries. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity rates have doubled for American adults and tripled for kids and teenagers aged six through 19 since 1980. Today, 31 percent of American adults and...

Number of chikungunya cases increases in USVI

September 8, 2014
Number of chikungunya cases increases in USVI ST THOMAS, USVI -- Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett has reported that the Department of Health is monitoring a recent uptick in the number of confirmed/probable cases of chikungunya in the US Virgin Islands. As of Friday, there have been a total of 30 confirmed/probable cases in the territory.

Tobago confirms first chikungunya case

September 6, 2014
Tobago confirms first chikungunya case SCARBOROUGH, Tobago -- The island of Tobago is the latest in the Caribbean to report a case of chickungunya. On Thursday, the island announced that it received its first confirmed case, a resident of Plymouth on the southwest of the island. A statement from the Division of Health...

Eleven confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados

September 6, 2014
Eleven confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- There are now 11 confirmed cases of chikungunya in Barbados while 77 other people are suspected of having the virus. The update came from senior medical officer of health, Dr Karen Springer, who disclosed that, of the 11 confirmed cases, three were imported cases.

Saint Lucia joins regional project to build public health capacity

September 6, 2014
Saint Lucia joins regional project to build public health capacity CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The ministry of health, wellness, human services and gender relations, in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), is launching the Caribbean Regional Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (CR-FELTP) in Saint Lucia.

US to discontinue funding for regional HIV/AIDS programmes

September 6, 2014
US to discontinue funding for regional HIV/AIDS programmes KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), which manages US funding for HIV/AIDS globally, has informed the University of the West Indies (UWI) that, as a result of a global policy shift...

CARPHA warns full impact of chikungunya virus still to be felt in Caribbean

September 4, 2014
CARPHA warns full impact of chikungunya virus still to be felt in Caribbean BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has warned the region to be prepared for the “full impact” of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus. It is eight months now since the first case was detected. CARPHA executive director Dr James Hospedales...

PAHO director welcomes regulation of food industry to curb obesity

September 4, 2014
PAHO director welcomes regulation of food industry to curb obesity QUITO, Ecuador (PAHO/WHO) -- Countries in the Americas -- which have the highest obesity rates in the world -- are fighting the obesity epidemic with new, stricter regulations on food labeling, promotion and advertising. The regulations, which seek to inform and protect consumers while creating...

Curacao has huge water pollution problem, says minister

September 3, 2014
Curacao has huge water pollution problem, says minister WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The pollution problem with regard to the Curacao waters is enormous. This is according to health, environment and nature minister Bernard ‘Ben’ Whiteman during the continuation of a Central Committee of Parliament. According to Whiteman, it is currently still safe to eat fish...

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...

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