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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.

Guyana confirms 12 more cases of chikungunya

July 3, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Health Minister Dr Bheri Ramsaran on Tuesday disclosed that there are 12 more confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease, chikungunya in Guyana. Ramsaran said that some results from samples sent recently for testing at the...

Cayman Islands confirm first chikungunya case; hundreds of suspected cases reported in St Kitts-Nevis

July 2, 2014
Cayman Islands confirm first chikungunya case; hundreds of suspected cases reported in St Kitts-Nevis GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- As a regional outbreak persists, public health officials in the Cayman islands have confirmed the first local case of imported chikungunya illness by a returning resident. Medical Officer of Health Dr Kiran Kumar said the patient, who was treated and released from the...

Fifteen confirmed cases of chikungunya in Antigua-Barbuda

June 28, 2014
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- To date there have been 15 laboratory-confirmed cases and 91 suspected cases of chikungunya in Antigua and Barbuda and the ministry of health is intensifying its mosquito control program with immediate effect. The chikungunya virus is transmitted by...

Suriname confirms 17 cases of chikungunya

June 27, 2014
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Bureau of Public Health (BOG) has confirmed 17 cases of the mosquito-borne chikungunya-virus in Suriname. At a press conference on Wednesday evening, officials from BOG, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Pan-American...

St Lucia confirms anticipated increase in chikungunya cases

June 27, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Health officials in Saint Lucia have confirmed an expected island-wide increase in the number of people who have contracted chikungunya, mainly due to the public not having immunity to the virus. Dr Michelle Francois, surveillance officer in the epidemiology unit...

Regional pork industry stakeholders on alert against new disease

June 27, 2014
Regional pork industry stakeholders on alert against new disease BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Animal Health Network (CaribVET) is encouraging stakeholders in the regional pork industry to take every precaution to prevent the introduction of the viral disease, porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED). PED has been present in both Europe and Asia for some time.

Fifteen Caribbean countries report cases of chikungunya virus

June 25, 2014
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- In December 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the first local transmission of chikungunya virus in the Western Hemisphere identified in Saint Martin. Fifteen Caribbean countries have since reported cases of chikungunya.

Dominican Republic to boost health sector with $100 million IDB loan

June 25, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $100 million loan to boost health care in the Dominican Republic through investments designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of spending in the sector and improving the quality of services.

Grenada investigates reports of chikungunya virus

June 23, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The ministry of health in Grenada has intensified its campaign against the imminent threat from the chikungunya virus, as investigations continue into reports of the presence of the virus on the sister Isle of Carriacou.

Guyana working to contain chikungunya outbreak

June 16, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Since the alert for the chikungunya disease began some weeks ago, the ministry of health in Guyana has sent over 1,000 samples to be tested at the regional laboratory run by Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad and Tobago.

USVI reports first locally acquired case of chikungunya

June 13, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- On Tuesday, the US Virgin Islands Department of Health confirmed two new cases of chikungunya virus. The first case has been confirmed as locally acquired; the second case is an imported case with the patient having recent travel history outside of the territory.

Cuba to set up biotechnology plants in more countries

June 9, 2014
Cuba to set up biotechnology plants in more countries HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba's Biopharmaceutical Laboratory Business Group (LABIOFAM) is working on the design, construction, assembly and launch of biotechnology plants in countries like Ethiopia and Tanzania, after doing so in Venezuela, China, Vietnam and Argentina, among other countries.

Commentary: Risky behaviours driving HIV epidemic in the Caribbean

June 9, 2014
Commentary: Risky behaviours driving HIV epidemic in the Caribbean In recent times, I have paid close attention to a letter and four articles: “The costs of homophobia in CARICOM” by Sean Macleish, “UWI terminates professor’s contract following testimony in gay sex case” by a Caribbean News Now contributor, “Pressure mounts on UWI as Bar Association criticizes...

Barbados confirms first chikungunya case

June 6, 2014
Barbados confirms first chikungunya case BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Minister of Health, John Boyce, confirmed on Wednesday that Barbados has recorded its first case of chikungunya, a virus similar to dengue and transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The positive sample was among a batch of seven sent to the Caribbean Public...

Chikungunya cases increase in St Lucia and the region

June 5, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Officials at the ministry of health in Saint Lucia are aiming to reduce mosquito populations in order to curb the increasing spread of chikungunya. Already, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has 500 confirmed cases of chikungunya in the Caribbean.

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