Tag archive for ‘Latin America and the Caribbean’
By Robert On Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Chikungunya: Guyana the second South American country to report ‘locally acquired’ cases

The country on the northern coast of South America has become the second country on the continent to record locally transmitted cases of the mosquito borne virus, chikungunya, according to aa Associated Press report More...

By Robert On Sunday, May 25th, 2014
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Haiti chikungunya cases rise sharply

The number of cases of the newly introduced mosquito borne virus, chikungunya, as expected, is growing at a rapid rate in Haiti. The latest official tally from the Haitian Ministry of Health from May 20 says they More...

By Robert On Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Panama reports two imported chikungunya cases

The Panama Ministry of Health (MOH), through their surveillance system, have detected two imported cases of chikungunya fever, according to an MOH press release today (computer translated). The first patient is More...

By Robert On Thursday, May 15th, 2014
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Venezuela: Dengue fever cases up a third compared to 2013

The number of dengue fever cases in the South American country has increased by 37 percent in 2014, as compared to the same period in 2013, according to an El Universal report Wednesday. Aedes aegypti Image/CDC During More...

By Robert On Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
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Haiti chikungunya outbreak spikes to over 1,500 cases

In a follow up to a report Saturday where it was asked, “How bad is it in Haiti?” concerning chikungunya, we are starting to see how quickly the mosquito borne virus is spreading on the island nation. Image/CDC According More...

By Robert On Saturday, May 10th, 2014

Chikungunya in Hispaniola: Dominican Republic officials integrate social mobilization, how bad is it in Haiti?

During the past week, the number of chikungunya cases reported in the Caribbean continues to rise with the latest number of confirmed and suspected cases now nearing 50,000 in 16 countries and islands (including More...

By Robert On Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Cattle trade organization responds to second Brazil BSE case

In response to the recent report from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), which showed a case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) confirmed in Mato Grosso, Brazil, the largest producer-only cattle More...

By Robert On Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Haiti health minister reports on 14 chikungunya cases, an additional 67 cases suspected

The Haitian Health Minister announced today that they have diagnosed the mosquito borne viral disease, chikungunya, in more than one dozen people from  several towns of the south and west of Haiti this week. Haiti More...

By Robert On Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Chikungunya: More cases reported in St. Vincent, Haiti records first cases

The chikungunya outbreak continues to expand, as the head of the Caribbean Public Health Authority (CARPHA), Dr James Hospedales declared yesterday that the virus has reached epidemic proportions. Hospedales said, “By More...

By Robert On Thursday, May 1st, 2014

DR Health Minister on chikungunya: ‘Technically speaking, the country faces an epidemic’

With nearly 3,700 chikungunya cases reported in the Dominican Republic since March, Health Minister Freddy Hidalgo came out said the country face a chikungunya epidemic, according to a Dominican Today report today. Photo/CDC-James More...

By Robert On Monday, April 28th, 2014

Dominican Republic reporting thousands of chikungunya and dengue cases

The Dominican Republic Ministry of Health says they are seeing an average of 188 chikungunya cases per day in chigger, San Cristobal and in Haina, according to a Entorno Inteligente report Friday (computer translated). Image/CIA In More...

By Robert On Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Chikungunya update with infectious disease journalist, Chuck Simmins

The chikungunya outbreak in the Western Hemisphere, which began with two “locally acquired” cases on the French side of St. Martin in early December 2013, has grown and spread dramatically ever since. Image/CDC Freelance More...

By Robert On Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Chikungunya confirmed in St. John’s, Antigua: Report

Just one day after the Caribbean islands of St.Vincent and the Grenadines confirmed their first cases of chikungunya, another country in the region is reporting the mosquito borne viral disease. Image/CDC The Jamaica More...

By Robert On Friday, April 25th, 2014

St. Vincent and the Grenadines report three Chikungunya cases

Shortly after the Ministry of Health of St. Vincent and the Grenadines reported it was “bracing itself ” for a chikungunya outbreak around the time of World Health Day two weeks ago, the Caribbean More...

By Robert On Monday, April 21st, 2014

Brazil unleashes genetically modified mosquitoes in battle with dengue fever

With a total of 1.4 million dengue fever cases in 2013 and the estimated 500,000 visitors arriving soon in Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup this summer, Brazilian health officials have released “The world’s More...

By Robert On Friday, April 18th, 2014

Dominican Republic reports 17 confirmed chikungunya cases, 767 suspected

The Department of Health in the Dominican Republic has reported 17 confirmed and 767 suspected chikungunya cases in San Cristobol province during the past week, adding to the already ballooning total of cases in More...

By The Dispatch On Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Vancomycin-resistant MRSA superbug found in Brazil

PRESS RELEASE An international research team led by Cesar A. Arias, M.D., Ph.D., at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has identified a new superbug that caused a bloodstream infection More...

By Robert On Friday, April 11th, 2014
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Chikungunya in the Caribbean update

The chikungunya outbreak in the Caribbean and Latin America continues to roll on with increases in cases in most affected areas. The latest numbers released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control More...

By Robert On Monday, April 7th, 2014

Uruguay: Rabies outbreak strike Cerro Largo farms, 25 animals dead

An outbreak of rabies has hit two farms in the Cerro Largo Department of Uruguay recently, according to the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE). Image/Agricultural Research Service/USDA Doctor Carlos A. Correa More...

By Robert On Monday, April 7th, 2014

Chikungunya case count in the Dominican Republic tops 750

On Friday, the Dominican Republic Ministry of Health confirmed, with the laboratory testing of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, that there is a chikungunya outbreak in municipality of chigger More...

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