December 14, 2017

Giving hope to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary patients

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is recognised all over the world as a public health problem and the Cayman Islands is not an exception. In the Cayman Islands, diseases of the respiratory system account for 10% of deaths, the third leading cause of death among residents as of 2015 according to the Economics and Statistics […]

Cayman Islands Minister of Health’s Message for World AIDS Day Dec 1 2017

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Minister for Health, Environment, Culture and Housing Hon. Dwayne Seymour, JP, MLA World AIDS Day 2017 1 December 2017 As the festive season approaches, it is always a poignant time of year for people who have lost loved ones, particularly those who have succumbed to an illness such as HIV and AIDS. It is important, […]

World Diabetes Day

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From CTMH Doctors Hospital World Diabetes Day was first introduced in 1991, and founded by both the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization. In reaction to the rise in cases of Diabetes worldwide, it was decided to choose a day of the year to raise awareness of Diabetes and related causes. The day […]

Cayman Islands Minister of Health Message for World Mental Health Day 2017

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Minister for Health, Environment, Culture and Housing Hon. Dwayne Seymour, JP, MLA Message for World Mental Health Day 2017 Tuesday, 10 October 2017 We are once again marking World Mental Health Day, the annual date which highlights an issue that is all too often given insufficient attention. As Minister for Health, I want to ensure […]

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne re-elected for second term as PAHO Director

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Washington, D.C., September 27, 2017 (PAHO/WHO) — Dr. Carissa F. Etienne was re-elected today for a second five-year term as Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) by the Member States of the organization. Ministers of health meeting at the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference voted unanimously to re-elect Dr. Etienne. Her candidacy, which […]

Nigeria: Hundreds of thousands vaccinated against cholera in Northeast

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By Lisa Schlein Voice of America From AllAfrica Geneva — The World Health Organization reports 844,000 people in northeast Nigeria have been reached with one dose of oral cholera vaccine in an effort to prevent the fatal disease from spreading. The latest figures show nearly 4,000 suspected cases, including 54 deaths in the region. The […]

US firm to market Zika virus diagnostic to Caribbean

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From Jamaica Observer UTAH, USA (CMC) — A molecular diagnostics company based in the United States says it has strengthened relationships with key regional customers throughout the Caribbean basin to purchase Zika virus diagnostic. Co-Diagnostics Inc, located in the state of Utah, says its potential customer base across the Caribbean includes laboratories, regional health ministries, […]

Fleas carrying the bubonic plague have been found in Arizona

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By Kevin Loria From Business Insider Health officials in two Arizona counties reported that fleas tested positive forYersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes the plague. Plague regularly appears in the American Southwest, where it often kills rodents like prairie dogs but occasionally infects people. There were two human cases of the plague in New Mexico […]

What happened to Zika? Florida has no local cases this year – so far

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BY DANIEL CHANG From Miami Herald A year after the first outbreak of Zika in Miami, the mosquito-borne virus’s once-menacing march has slowed to a crawl, with Florida health officials reporting fewer infections in 2017 than last year and no local cases so far. Zika has waned in the Caribbean and South America, too, which […]

Dengue outbreak in Ivory Coast continues to increase, according to the World Health Organization

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By Alex Murtha From Homeland Preparedness News An outbreak of dengue fever first identified in May continues to affect multiple regions in the Ivory Coast, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The first cases of the outbreak were reported to public health authorities on April 22 and were confirmed by […]