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Sanitation initiative in southeastern Haiti shows promising results, says UNICEF

September 23, 2016
Sanitation initiative in southeastern Haiti shows promising results, says UNICEF 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...

Elimination of Aedes aegypti mosquito critical in zika prevention, says entomologist

September 23, 2016
Elimination of Aedes aegypti mosquito critical in zika prevention, says entomologist 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”.

St Kitts-Nevis reports first three cases of zika

September 19, 2016
St Kitts-Nevis reports first three cases of zika 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...

Cayman Islands reports four more zika cases

September 15, 2016
Cayman Islands reports four more zika cases 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.

Cuba offers big savings on medical services for tourists

September 13, 2016
Cuba offers big savings on medical services for tourists 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.

Barbados and UK health care agreement to end October 1

September 10, 2016
Barbados and UK health care agreement to end October 1 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.

Are tilapia safe to eat?

September 10, 2016
Are tilapia safe to eat? 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...

Jamaica to develop national health insurance scheme

September 6, 2016
Jamaica to develop national health insurance scheme 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.

Zika remains international public health emergency, says UN committee, citing geographic spread

September 5, 2016
Zika remains international public health emergency, says UN committee, citing geographic spread 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...

PAHO/WHO train Caribbean health professionals in clinical management of zika complications

September 2, 2016
PAHO/WHO train Caribbean health professionals in clinical management of zika complications 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.

CDC issues zika travel alert for the British Virgin Islands

September 1, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for the British Virgin Islands 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.

Commentary: If the curry is tainted with lead, what else?

September 1, 2016
Commentary: If the curry is tainted with lead, what else? 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...

Two more cases of zika reported in the Cayman Islands

August 31, 2016
Two more cases of zika reported in the Cayman Islands 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...

Blood samples must be received within five days of first zika symptom, says CARPHA

August 29, 2016
Blood samples must be received within five days of first zika symptom, says CARPHA 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...

BVI health officials confirm five cases of zika virus

August 26, 2016
BVI health officials confirm five cases of zika virus 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.

CDC issues zika travel alert for The Bahamas

August 24, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for The Bahamas 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.

Four zika cases confirmed in Bahamas; 26 pregnant women tested positive in St Lucia

August 23, 2016
Four zika cases confirmed in Bahamas; 26 pregnant women tested positive in St Lucia 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.

Citing moral responsibility, UN pledges support to Haiti in overcoming cholera epidemic

August 20, 2016
Citing moral responsibility, UN pledges support to Haiti in overcoming cholera epidemic 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...

Letter: Time to stop visitors from Venezuela from entering the Caribbean without a treatment certificate

August 17, 2016
Letter: Time to stop visitors from Venezuela from entering the Caribbean without a treatment certificate 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.

Zika cases in Trinidad and Tobago now likely in thousands, says health minister

August 13, 2016
Zika cases in Trinidad and Tobago now likely in thousands, says health minister 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.

CDC issues zika travel alert for the Cayman Islands

August 12, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for the Cayman Islands 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...

Two babies born in Barbados with microcephaly

August 11, 2016
Two babies born in Barbados with microcephaly 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.

Cayman Islands reports first cases of local zika transmission

August 10, 2016
Cayman Islands reports first cases of local zika transmission 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...

Letter: Grenada needs a help button to fight zika

August 6, 2016
Letter: Grenada needs a help button to fight zika 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.

Thermocycler device provides zika testing in Grenada

August 5, 2016
Thermocycler device provides zika testing in Grenada 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...

Fourth case of zika confirmed in the Cayman Islands

August 5, 2016
Fourth case of zika confirmed in the Cayman Islands 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...

CDC issues zika travel alert for Antigua-Barbuda and Turks and Caicos

August 4, 2016
CDC issues zika travel alert for Antigua-Barbuda and Turks and Caicos 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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