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Tag: Chikungunya

  • Thursday, June 15th 2023 - 06:43 UTC

    Relief for Paraguay: chicungunya vaccine in humans showed promising results

    Chikungunya virus is transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes.Tropical regions currently see the highest rates of the virus, with Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Thailand most affected

    A new clinical study shows promising results of a Phase III chikungunya vaccine trial, the first time the shot has been tested in humans. If approved by regulators, the vaccine would have the capacity to protect millions of people from the debilitating mosquito-borne disease, authors explained in the study published June 12 in The Lancet.

  • Monday, April 24th 2023 - 10:15 UTC

    Uruguayan authorities tackle chikungunya

    “It can be painful at the joint level but [chikungunya] usually is not a serious disease,” Rando said

    Uruguay's Health Minister Karina Rando and Undersecretary José Luis Satdjián Saturday visited Paysandú, where seven cases of chikungunya were confirmed in patients who had no travel history.

  • Sunday, April 16th 2023 - 11:45 UTC

    Chikungunya kills 90 people in Paraguay so far this year

    Sequera also explained that chikungunya was on the rise in the provinces but decreasing in Asuncion and in the Central department

    Paraguayan health authorities last week confirmed at least 90 deaths this year had been caused by chikungunya fever, while Uruguay detected its first imported case of the malady. One more case was also confirmed in the last days of 2022, according to the latest report from Paraguay's Health Ministry released on Friday.

  • Saturday, March 11th 2023 - 12:18 UTC

    Chikungunya: 43 deaths and 11,467 cases confirmed in Paraguay

    With 30% of healthcare staffers on sick leave, chikungunya is also creating a work overload for those still on call

    Paraguayan health authorities Friday confirmed 43 people had died nationwide of chikungunya, while the total number of cases rose to 11,467 over the past three weeks. Eight of the victims were children under one year of age, while 35 others were adults aged over 30, according to the latest epidemiological report released by the General Directorate of Health Surveillance. “The mortality rate is 0.6 per 100,000 inhabitants and the case fatality rate is 0.1 %,” the document read.

  • Thursday, February 9th 2023 - 09:41 UTC

    Chikungunya kills 14 in Paraguay

    Borba said that “we are close to 18,000 cases of chikungunya”

    Paraguayan health authorities Wednesday said 14 people had died of Chikungunya while over 18,000 cases of the malady had been confirmed in the most recent outbreak which lead the Municipality of Asunción to declare an environmental emergency for 90 days as healthcare facilities were crammed.

  • Wednesday, January 24th 2018 - 08:56 UTC

    WHO confirms Dr. Carissa Etienne second term as regional director for Americas

    Dr. Etienne will begin her second five-year term as PAHO Director and WHO Regional Director on 1 February 2018.

    The WHO Executive Board, currently holding its 142nd session in Geneva, has appointed Dr Carissa Etienne for a second term as WHO Regional Director for Americas.

  • 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.

  • Tuesday, December 1st 2015 - 07:45 UTC

    Brazil on alert on possible link between Zika virus and micro-cephalic babies

    “We have three different clinical trials that for the first time show that Zika can cause death and that it causes severe deformations in fetuses,” Maierovitch told

    Brazilian health authorities, who alerted the nation Monday to the rapid spread of the Zika virus, confirmed that up to now it has caused one death and that another six victims are in critical condition and under medical examination.

  • Monday, November 16th 2015 - 07:22 UTC

    Mosquito-spread dengue, chickungunya and now Zika threatens the Caribbean and tourism industry

     Pan American Health Organization has indicated that five cases of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Suriname.

    Jamaica's Ministry of Health is urging people to be more vigilant and to clean up their environment and destroy mosquito breeding sites, in light of the announcement by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that the Zika virus has been detected in a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nation.

  • Friday, May 22nd 2015 - 08:48 UTC

    Caribbean epidemiologic alert following reports of Zika virus in Brazil

    The Aedes mosquito is present in much of the Americas and also transmits dengue fever and chikungunya.

    Following reports of suspected Zika virus in Brazil, the health ministries of several Caribbean countries have issued advisories for the mosquito borne viral disease.On Thursday, the Jamaica Health Ministry issued an epidemiological alert after the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) noted the potential spread of this arbovirus across territories where the vectors (Aedes) are present.

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