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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...

Youth in Haiti present health and education proposals to authorities

July 23, 2016
Youth in Haiti present health and education proposals to authorities PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Under the Scholas Citizenship program, 250 high school students from 20 public and private schools from across Haiti this month completed a civic and social learning experience that resulted in concrete proposals in the areas of health and education.

Dominican Republic congress vote a step back for abortion rights

July 22, 2016
Dominican Republic congress vote a step back for abortion rights SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- On 19 July the House of Deputies (Cámara de Diputados), the lower chamber of the Dominican Republic Congress, passed a new Criminal Code reform. This reform is the result of a 2015 Constitutional Court decision, which declared the...

USVI reports nine new zika cases

July 21, 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 56 -- 18 cases on St Croix and 38 cases on St Thomas.

Caribbean chases zika preparedness after death of mosquito expert

July 21, 2016
Caribbean chases zika preparedness after death of mosquito expert PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- There may come a time when entomologists don’t have to save us from mosquito-borne pandemics. But that time is not today. Thanks, zika. With millions crossing international borders every day, there is more concern than ever about stopping epidemics.

First female-to-male sexual transmission of zika virus infection reported

July 16, 2016
First female-to-male sexual transmission of zika virus infection reported ATLANTA, USA -- A New York City report of female-to-male sexual transmission of zika virus infection is the first documented case of sexual transmission of zika from a woman to her sex partner and adds to the growing body of knowledge about the sexual transmission of zika.

Activists delay planned Cayman Islands release of genetically modified mosquitoes

July 15, 2016
Activists delay planned Cayman Islands release of genetically modified mosquitoes GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- A group of local activists in the Cayman Islands, who are opposed to the planned release of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes, have managed to delay the start of the project, which was due to get underway on Thursday. The group aimed to...

CDC issues zika travel alert for St Eustatius

July 15, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for St Eustatius 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 St Eustatius. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area are infected.

New UNAIDS report highlights need for HIV prevention efforts

July 13, 2016
New UNAIDS report highlights need for HIV prevention efforts GENEVA, Switzerland -- A new report by UNAIDS reveals concerning trends in new HIV infections among adults. The prevention gap report shows that, while significant progress is being made in stopping new HIV infections among children (new HIV infections have declined by more...

Rapid response team, funding, vital to eliminating cholera in Haiti, says UN official

July 11, 2016
Rapid response team, funding, vital to eliminating cholera in Haiti, says UN official PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- A rapid response mechanism is crucial to tackling an endemic disease such as cholera and eliminating it in Haiti, the deputy head of the UN mission there said on Friday, emphasizing that the effectiveness of such efforts requires predictable financing.

CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda

July 9, 2016
CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda WASHINGTON, USA -- Professor Goulda Downer, chair of the Caribbean Political Action Committee (C-PAC) and a member of Howard University Medical School Faculty, recently spearheaded a meeting with Caribbean ambassadors in Washington to brief them about the Global Health Security...

Puerto Rico urged to consider aerial spraying as part of mosquito control to reduce zika

July 8, 2016
Puerto Rico urged to consider aerial spraying as part of mosquito control to reduce zika ATLANTA, USA -- Acting on data from multiple scientific studies in Puerto Rico that show that the zika virus is spreading rapidly and is a major risk to pregnant women and their fetuses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

Cayman Islands confirms first two cases of zika; USVI and Grenada report additional cases

July 7, 2016
Cayman Islands confirms first two cases of zika; USVI and Grenada report additional cases GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Although the Cayman Islands managed to remain free of zika for a considerable time as the virus raged across the region, public health officials confirmed on Tuesday the first two Cayman Islands cases of the virus, imported by returning residents.

UN health official discusses unprecedented vaccination campaign to tackle cholera in Haiti

July 7, 2016
UN health official discusses unprecedented vaccination campaign to tackle cholera in Haiti PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The World Health Organization (WHO) representative for Haiti, Jean-Luc Poncelet on Wednesday stressed that vaccines, along with water chlorination programmes, and longer-term efforts to improve water and the overall health system, are vital to fight the...

Miracle Mission surgery phase concludes in Antigua-Barbuda

July 7, 2016
Miracle Mission surgery phase concludes in Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- On June 30, 2016, the surgery phase of the Miracle Mission eye care project in Antigua and Barbuda concluded successfully. The third and last team of Venezuelan doctors closed the third week with 109 surgeries, for a total of 306 surgeries overall (cataracts and...

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