News from the Caribbean:
September 23, 2016
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- A sanitation initiative in southeastern Haiti has shown encouraging results, with a major reduction in the number of water-borne infections for local residents, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “Five localities in this region have...
September 23, 2016
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Retired entomologist Dr Sam Rawlins in St Kitts and Nevis said that it is possible to reduce the prevalence of the zika-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito if all members of the community become involved in what he termed “integrated vector management”.
September 19, 2016
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The ministry of health in St Kitts and Nevis, via the office of the chief medical officer (CMO), has officially announced receipt of confirmation from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that three serum samples tested on September 11, 2016...
September 15, 2016
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Another four women with no relevant travel history have been infected with zika as a result of local transmission, public health officials have confirmed in the latest update regarding the spread of the virus in the Cayman Islands.
September 13, 2016
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban Medical Services Sales Company, part of the health ministry, on Tuesday presented in Havana a new therapeutic and preventive program destined for international tourism to be implemented in the country's medical and health assistance centres.
September 10, 2016
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- From October 1, 2016, a reciprocal healthcare agreement between Barbados and the United Kingdom, which allows Barbadians travelling to the UK to access free health services under the National Health Service (NHS), will come to an end.
September 10, 2016
BOQUETE, Panama -- There are currently numerous articles on the internet stating that tilapia may not be safe to eat. When searching for actual reasons and data related to this warning, facts provided are that tilapia may be lower in healthy omega-3s, higher in potentially harmful omega-6s...
September 6, 2016
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The National Health Fund (NHF) has been tasked with the responsibility of developing a national health insurance scheme to fund the public healthcare system in Jamaica. NHF chairman, Christopher Zacca, said that the mandate was given by minister of health.
September 5, 2016
GENEVA, Switzerland -- Following a meeting of its emergency committee on zika on Thursday, the United Nations health agency said that the infectious disease, and its associated congenital and other neurological disorders, continues to be an international public health emergency due to...
September 2, 2016
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (PAHO/WHO) -- The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is holding a workshop to train Caribbean health personnel in the clinical management of severe neurological complications related to the zika virus.
September 1, 2016
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 British Virgin Islands. Local transmission of zika has been reported on the island of Tortola.
September 1, 2016
Curry economics: The recent announcement that several Caribbean companies, Jamaica Brand, Blue Mountain, Ocho Rios, Oriental, and Grace Kennedy, have recalled a blend of “curry” products from mild to spicy due to the presence of lead. According to reports, these spices were distributed...
August 31, 2016
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Public health officials have confirmed that they have received two more positive zika virus tests on blood taken from patients in the Cayman Islands with no travel history. Acting medical officer of health Dr Samuel Williams-Rodriguez said...
August 29, 2016
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Zika blood samples for laboratory confirmation must be taken and sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) no more than five days from the onset of the first sign and/or symptom. Executive director, CARPHA, Dr C. James Hospedales, explained...
August 26, 2016
ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The ministry of health and social development has confirmed five cases of the zika virus in the British Virgin Islands. Three of the cases were tested locally and found to be positive and two cases were tested overseas and found to be positive as well.
August 24, 2016
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.
August 23, 2016
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.
August 20, 2016
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...
August 17, 2016
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.
August 13, 2016
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.
August 12, 2016
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...
August 11, 2016
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.
August 10, 2016
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...
August 6, 2016
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.
August 5, 2016
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...
August 5, 2016
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...
August 4, 2016
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...
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