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A 16-member team of epidemiologists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began training dozens of Brazilian counterparts in Joao Pessoa, Brazil, in preparation to begin work on Tuesday. The researchers will gather data on hundreds of Brazilian women and their children.
New guidelines barring the collection of blood in areas with outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus will be put to the test first in cash-strapped Puerto Rico, where health officials have two weeks to start importing the island’s supply.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended its travel warning to another eight countries or territories that pose a risk of infection with Zika, a mosquito-borne virus spreading through the Caribbean and Latin America.
One person has died and 12 have been hospitalized in a Listeriosis outbreak linked to Dole packaged salads. Officials from CDC say they have been investigating the six-state outbreak since September 2015.
The local transmission of Zika virus has now been found in 15 Western Hemisphere countries and territories, including Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guyana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Paraguay and Venezuela, but the virus hasn't been detected in the Dominican Republic.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has launched a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding two maternal deaths which occurred within the last two weeks.
As Guyana readies for a January 1 ban on Styrofoam containers, Government has assured that those who have stocks in hand and are on the way to Guyana, will be given a three-month grace period.
By: DR. EDWARD GREENE, UN SECRETARY-GENERAL SPECIAL ENVOY FOR HIV IN THE CARIBBEAN
Another year. Another World AIDS Day. So much to celebrate yet so much more to achieve. Young people still dying. Rates of infection too high among vulnerable groups. Stigma and discrimination still raging, fanning the flames of the disease.