Health & Science

Health & Science
Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 - 05:42 UTC

Zika cancellations to be waived by cruise lines in the Caribbean

Carnival Cruise Lines said it will allow pregnant women on sailings that include  destinations impacted by the virus to switch to an itinerary to an unaffected area.

Cruise lines have followed the lead of major airlines and begun waiving cancellation penalties for some customers booked on voyages to the Caribbean and other destinations affected by the fast-spreading Zika virus.

Monday, February 1st 2016 - 06:12 UTC

WHO Emergency committee meets in Geneva to address the Zika virus situation

“I have decided to convene an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations. Committee will meet in Geneva this Monday” said Ms Chan

The World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan has briefed on the Zika virus situation. In the briefing Ms Chan gave a brief history of the disease and explained why WHO is so deeply concerned.

Saturday, January 30th 2016 - 13:04 UTC

Falklands' has announced a health advice and warning on the ZIKA virus

The Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito which in endemic in most of South America, particularly in tropical weather and summer months

The Falkland Islands has joined the rest of the word and set out a health advice and warning on the worldwide increase in the ZIKA virus. The message is from the Director of Health and Acting Chief Medical Officer and outlines precautions to be taken against the virus which for the most part carried via mosquitoes.

Saturday, January 30th 2016 - 12:35 UTC

Glyhphosate court battle in California could turn into lead case

Monsanto said it filed the suit against California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and the agency’s acting director, Lauren Zeise

Monsanto stepped up its defense of a widely used weed killer by filing a lawsuit in California seeking to prevent glyphosate, the main ingredient in its Roundup herbicide, from being added to the state’s list of known carcinogens.

Saturday, January 30th 2016 - 11:11 UTC

WHO backs British campaign for a 'sugar tax' on sweet drinks

The numbers of obese or overweight children worldwide has risen by 10 million since 1990, prompting WHO to call for tight regulations.

In a new report on rising childhood obesity, the World Health Organization (WHO) has backed the British campaign for a “sugar tax” on sweet drinks. There is “strong evidence” that a sugar tax will work alongside two other measures to tackle childhood obesity: a ban on the sale of unhealthy food by schools, and a crackdown on the marketing of junk food to children, the report states.

Friday, January 29th 2016 - 03:45 UTC

WHO admits as possible four million cases of Zika; emergency meeting Monday

Marcos Espinal, an infectious disease expert at WHO's Americas office, said: “We can expect 3 to 4 million cases of Zika virus disease.” He gave no time frame.

The World Health Organization (WHO) expects the Zika virus, which is spreading through the Americas, to affect between three million and four million people, a disease expert said on Thursday. WHO's director-general said the spread of the mosquito-borne disease had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.

Thursday, January 28th 2016 - 05:50 UTC

Airlines offering refunds to passengers booked to fly to countries with Zika cases

BA said pregnant customers with flights to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, or to Mexico City or Cancun (Mexico), could change their booking free of charge

Some airlines, including those serving the Caribbean, have started offering refunds to passengers who had been booked to fly to countries where cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed. United Airlines, American Airlines and British Airways are allowing passengers to back out of travel.

Tuesday, January 26th 2016 - 08:06 UTC

Pan American Health Organization statement on Zika virus transmission and prevention

Two main reasons for the virus's rapid spread: (1) the Americas population lacks immunity to Zika and (2) Aedes mosquitoes are present in all the region's countries

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that is new to the Americas. Since Brazil reported the first cases of local transmission of the virus in May 2015, it has spread to 21 countries and territories* of the Americas (as of 23 January 2016).

Tuesday, January 26th 2016 - 07:46 UTC

UK government chief scientist in Chile to attend congress on education and science

Sir Mark’s program includes a visit to ALMA Observatory in the north of Chile and to Punta Arenas in the extreme south. He will also visit Antarctica guest of BAS

Sir Mark Walport, the British Government Chief Scientific Adviser and Head of Science and Engineering Profession, arrived in Chile on 21 January. He has been invited by the Chilean Senate to participate in the Futures Congress, in which national and international scientists, analysts and thinkers, analyze the most significant issues, challenges and achievements in the world of science.

Saturday, January 23rd 2016 - 08:28 UTC

Argentina now denies dengue outbreak is an 'epidemic'.

“There is no such gravity,” in the current situation, said Argentine Health Ministry’s Epidemiology Director Jorge San Juan

Even as the number of new cases of dengue fever continued to rise in Argentina, the Health Ministry performed a rapid about-face and disavowed a statement made on Wednesday that the outbreak constituted “an epidemic.”

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