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Haiti receives apology from UN, Cholera plan unveiled

Six years after the island nation of Haiti began experiencing the worst cholera outbreak in modern history, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the people of Haiti. During an informal meeting of the General Assembly on the United...

Diphtheria cases rise in Venezuela: More than 200 cases according to report

The Venezuelan Society of Public Health and the National Epidemiological Defence Network issued their sixth alert concerning diphtheria this week and now reports the disease is present in six Venezuelan states–Monagas, Sucre, Anzoátegui, Apure,...

Haiti cholera cases up since Hurricane Matthew, 729,000 people vaccinated

The number of cholera cases in Haiti increased to two or more times the numbers observed prior to Hurricane Matthew, which landed on Oct. 4, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported today. Through the end of October, a total of 34,656 suspected...

Venezuela malaria update: 200,000 cases, 75 percent in Bolivar State

In a follow-up on the malaria epidemic in Venezuela this year, according to a statement from the Venezuelan Society of Public Health Network, the local transmission case tally has grown to 200,000 through Nov. 5. “In the first 44 weeks of the year,...

Mayaro fever: Five cases confirmed in Amazonas this year

Five cases of Mayaro virus (MAYV) were detected in patients in Amazonas state in northwestern Brazil in 2016, according to a G1 Globo report (computer translated). According to the Dr. Heitor Vieira Dourado Tropical Medicine Foundation (FMT-HVD), the...

Brazil: Chikungunya cases up dramatically, dengue down slightly in 2016

The Brazil Ministry of Health reports (computer translated) 855 cities, or approximately 37 percent, are in a situation of alert and risk of outbreak of the mosquito borne viral diseases, dengue, chikungunya and Zika, according to the Fast Index Survey...

Dominican Republic: Cholera and leptospirosis updates released

The Dominican Republic Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported (computer translated) updates on the situation with two infectious diseases–cholera and leptospirosis. Health officials report that in 2016 to date, the country has seen 1,097 cholera...

Flu season: Dominica reports H3N2 as main strain

Dominica health officials reported this week that that the prevalent strain of influenza affecting Dominicans is the H3N2 and H2N2 viruses. The Ministry Of Health and Environment confirmed an outbreak of acute respiratory infections in Dominica. To...

Caribbean: CDC issues travel notice for Montserrat due to Zika local transmission

Federal health officials have issued an advisory for travelers to the Caribbean island of Montserrat after public health officials have reported that mosquitoes in Montserrat are infected with Zika virus and are spreading it to people. Because Zika virus...

Melioidosis fatality confirmed in Peru

The National Health Institute of the Peru Ministry of Health has confirmed a death due to melioidosis, an infection caused by the bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei, according to a news release last week(computer translated). The patient is a 19-year-old...
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