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Montevideo, February 21st 2019 - 09:56 UTC

Tag: Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

  • Wednesday, March 28th 2018 - 14:18 UTC

    Measles spreads again in the Americas

    The region had finally been declared free of the disease by an International Committee of Experts in 2016 after 22 years of mass vaccination.

    After being the first continent in the world declared free of measles in 2016, nine countries in the region have registered cases last year. With almost 900 cases, Venezuela was the most affected. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warns that the countries of the region should intensify their efforts to immunize the population and stop the spread of the disease.

  • Friday, January 26th 2018 - 09:42 UTC

    Massive vaccination, 23.8 million, against yellow fever in Sao Paulo and Rio do Janeiro

    Some 23.8 million people are expected to be vaccinated during the campaign, including 10.3 million in São Paulo and 10 million in Rio de Janeiro.

    Brazil launched a mass immunization campaign that will deliver fractional doses of yellow fever vaccine to residents of 69 municipalities in the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. The strategic plan for the campaign was developed with support from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It will be the world’s largest vaccination campaign, to date, using fractional doses of yellow fever vaccine.

  • Monday, January 30th 2017 - 19:38 UTC

    Curbing the Tobacco Epidemic in the Americas

    There is clear evidence that appropriately structured tax policies can provide the l benefit of reducing tobacco consumption and generating additional tax revenues.

    By Carissa F. Etienne (*) Though the devastating health effects of tobacco use are well known, tobacco’s negative repercussions extend well beyond the obvious health outcomes.

  • Friday, January 22nd 2016 - 06:58 UTC

    Zika virus epidemic spreads in the region; women advised to delay pregnancy

    “We expect an expansion similar to what we had with the chikungunya virus last year, to finish with between 600,000 to 700,000 cases,” Gaviria said.

    The mosquito-borne Zika virus has already infected more than 13,500 people in Colombia and could hit as many as 700,000, the health minister said on Wednesday. According to Pan-American Health Organization figures, the country is second only to Brazil in infection rates, health minister Alejandro Gaviria told journalists.

  • Wednesday, August 6th 2014 - 08:47 UTC

    Caribbean Chikungunya cases over half a million, says PA health organization

    PAHO said that the total figure for the mosquito-borne disease had reached 513,393 cases compared with 473,523 cases a week earlier.

    The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says the number of new cases of the Chikungunya in the Caribbean increased by nearly 38,000 last week with the Dominican Republic having the most cases.