CARPHA urges region to reduce risks of flu virus

CARPHA urges region to reduce risks of flu virus

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging people to practice good personal hygiene in order to reduce the risk of transmission of influenza and other respiratory viruses especially as the region prepares to host carnivals and other festivals. It said that influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory […]

Caribbean warned to brace for dengue outbreak

Caribbean warned to brace for dengue outbreak

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning countries in the region to brace for a severe outbreak of the dengue virus. According to the agency, the current outbreak of dengue in Jamaica has raised the level of concern in other Caribbean islands. Local health authorities say up to January 3 there were 830 cases […]

PAHO publishes new guidelines to treat Chagas disease

PAHO publishes new guidelines to treat Chagas disease

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has announced new guidelines to improve detection and management of Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that claims some 12,000 lives in Latin America and the Caribbean every year. PAHO said an estimated 65 million people living in 21 endemic countries of the Americas are […]

Addicted Babies Are The Latest Victims in U.S. Opioid Crisis

Addicted Babies Are The Latest Victims in U.S. Opioid Crisis

Newborn babies are the most recent casualties of the U.S. opioid crisis. With prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin being used by women who are pregnant, the result is an “explosion” of infants who are as addicted to the drugs as their mothers. Current published data in JAMA Pediatrics shows that the number of cases of […]