Nigeria: Dan-Fulani - Health Insurance Scheme Will Minimise Catastrophic Expenses
[This Day] The Programme Manager, Federal Capital Territory's Health Insurance Scheme, Dr Ahmed Dan-Fulani in this interview with Ebere Nwoji, at the recent second World Health Organisation's Africa Regional Office Health Forum held in Praia, Cape Verde recently, spoke on the relevance of health insurance scheme to Nigerians, the need for all states in Nigeria to adopt the scheme, among others. Excerpts: (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 18, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Innovators Working to Meet Africa's Unmet Health Needs
[allAfrica] Praia -An exhibition by the 30 WHO Innovation Challenge finalists was officiated by President of Cabo Verde Jorge Carlos Fonseca with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The innovators exhibited their innovations on the three-day WHO Africa Health Forum in Praia. The initiative attracted over 2 400 applications. Entries came in from 77 countries, 44 of them from African countries, with 34% of submissions from women innovators. The initiative aimed to source, select and profile innovations that apply a fresh new look in ad (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 17, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: A World of Health Innovation...
[allAfrica] Preparing for my first international conference was exciting, but it was also stressful. I wasn't sure what to expect. I just knew that Portuguese is spoken in Cape Verde so I kept wondering if the locals can speak some English at all. Should I have googled a few Portuguese words just in case? I was anxious about the food, the weather and a million other things. But I was so excited and proud to be going to cover such a huge and significant event. I was a little disappointed though that I had to travel to (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 17, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Cabo Verde Shows Us the Health Care Progress We Want to See Across Africa
[WHO] Cabo Verde, a small nation of 10 islands in the Atlantic Ocean has made giant strides in health care provision. When the country first gained independence in 1975, there were only 13 doctors on the islands, the average life expectancy was 56 years, and the infant mortality rate was high, at 108 deaths per 1 000 births. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 4, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Cape Verde Gives Pointers on Achieving Universal Health Coverage
[allAfrica] Praia -After three days of intense work and great debates, the second Africa Health Forum came to an end in Cape Verde. The conference was the follow up meeting to the first Africa Health Forum held in June 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda which committed to putting people first, promoting synergies and coordinating and engaging all stakeholders behind the goal of achieving universal health coverage while leaving no one behind. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 1, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Diseases Cost Africa U.S.$2.4 Trillion a Year - WHO
[allAfrica] Praia -The World Health Organisation has launched a new report titled "A Heavy Burden - An Indirect Course of Illness in Africa" at the second Africa Health Forum in Praia, Cape Verde. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 28, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Strong System, Financing 'Key' for Zambian Universal Health Coverage
[allAfrica] Praia -allAfrica's Nontobeko Mlambo is in Praia, Cabo Verde, for the second WHO Africa Health Forum. This year the focus is on attaining universal health coverage for the continent - here she speaks with Dr Abel Kabalo, director in Zambia's department of health, who was on the panel discussing Multisector Collaboration to Improve Health Outcomes . (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 27, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: The President of the Republic of Cabo Verde Opens Second Who Africa Health Forum
[WHO] Praia -Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca, President of the Republic of Cabo Verde, today demonstrated his support for the World Health Organization's (WHO) initiatives to transform health care throughout Africa by officially launching the three-day WHO Africa Health Forum in Praia. He told participants about the significant progress that Cabo Verde has made towards delivering universal health coverage. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 27, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Cabo Verde Launches First "Solidarity Chain" in Africa With a Flash Mob Promoting Universal Health Coverage
[WHO] Praia -Led by the Cabo Verde's Minister of Sports and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, hundreds of people held hands and stood side by side in an umbrella shape on Quebra Canela beach in Praia to show their solidarity for universal health coverage. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 26, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: What We Need to Get Healthcare for All Africans
[allAfrica] Leaders and policy makers, ministries of health and finance, inter-governmental   agencies, the private sector, civil society organizations and members of the media are among many participants in the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa Health Forum, hosted by the Government of Cabo Verde and the WHO Africa Regional Office. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 26, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Africa Health Forum Takes on Universal Health Coverage
[This Day] Issues bothering on identifying workable solutions to strengthen African health services, deliver more effective health security, and make significant inroads towards achieving universal health coverage will form the main thrust of the second WHO African Health forum holding in Praia, Cabo verde between March 26 and 28, 2019. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 25, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Innovation Challenge to Announce 30 Finalists At the Africa Health Forum in Cabo Verde
[WHO] The top 30 health-oriented innovations selected from a field of more than 2 400 entries to the first-ever WHO Innovation Challenge will be presented on opening day of the second WHO Africa Health Forum in Praia, Cabo Verde, on 26 March 2019. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 8, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Innovation Challenge to Formally Announce 30 Finalists at the Africa Health Forum in Cabo Verde
[WHO] The top 30 health-oriented innovations selected from a field of more than 2 400 entries to the first-ever WHO Innovation Challenge will be formally recognised on the opening day of the second WHO Africa Health Forum in Praia, Cabo Verde, on 26 March 2019. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 8, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Tropical Storm Florence Is Expected to Become a Hurricane Again as It Hurls Toward the U.S. Here ’s Where Its Path Is Headed
Hurricane Florence has downgraded to a tropical storm but is expected to regain hurricane status as its path hurls towards the U.S. East Coast in the next week. Florence’s wind speed have decreased and as of Friday the tropical storm has had a maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, down from 140 mph, but is expected to strengthen in the next coming days. Florence is currently 1,600 miles from the East Coast and moving toward Bermuda, the National Hurricane Center said. As Florence’s path moves closer to the U.S. coastline in the next week Florence is expected to regain category three hurricane status. It is not yet...
Source: TIME: Science - September 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Gina Martinez Tags: Uncategorized onetime weather Source Type: news

The distribution of walkability in an African city: Praia, Cabo Verde - Anciaes PR, Nascimento J, Silva S.
This paper analyses disparities in walking conditions in neighbourhoods with different incomes and urbanization levels in Praia, the capital of Cabo Verde islands. Walkability is measured considering factors relevant to a semi-arid, post-colonial, fast gro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Cape Verde:Cape Verde - How the Island Nation Is Fighting Dengue Fever
[IFRC] At first glance, the inhabitants of Cape Verde's capital Praia seem serene and undaunted. But as soon as the conversation turns towards dengue fever, they become deeply worried and anxious. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 12, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Foodborne disease outbreaks
(BfR Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) Is it possible to prepare for a food crisis? How should the severity of the health risk be estimated? When and how should communication be established in a food crisis? These are only a few of the questions which will be discussed at the 2nd workshop on 'Current Challenges of Risk Assessment in Food Safety' in the Cape Verdean capital Cidade de la Praia from April 10-12, 2018. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Attempted suicide of ethnic minority girls with a Caribbean and Cape Verdean background: rates and risk factors - van Bergen DD, Eikelenboom M, van de Looij-Jansen PP.
BACKGROUND: WHO data shows that female immigrants in Europe attempt suicide at higher rates than 'native' women and 'native' and immigrant men. Empirical studies addressing attempted suicide of female immigrants of Caribbean (Antillean-Dutch and Creole-Sur... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The great American total solar eclipse
On 21 August the total eclipse makes landfall in Oregon at 10:17 PDT and speeds across the country to leave the coast of South Carolina at 14:48 EDTIf we have not made plans for thetotal eclipse of the Sun that crosses the USA on 21 August, our options are dwindling fast. Many rooms and campsites along the path of totality are already booked and it is only within that path, no more than 115km wide, that the full spectacle of totality is experienced.After touching down in the NE Pacific, the centre of the Moon ’s shadow makes landfall in Oregon at 10:17 PDT (18:17 BST) and speeds across the country to leave the coast ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 9, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Alan Pickup Tags: US news Solar eclipses Science Astronomy Source Type: news

Fitness Buff Turned Trash At The Beach Into Full-Fledged Gym
Most people go to the beach to kick back. Not Alcindo Soares. Soares always dreamed of becoming a professional athlete, Great Big Story reported in its profile of the exercise buff. But when he couldn’t afford to join a gym in Cape Verde, an island country off the coast of West Africa, he decided to build his own. Soares, who works in construction, collects the detritus he finds on the shores of Santa Maria beach and fashions it into workout equipment. The outdoor facility is replete with many of the trappings you’d find at a standard fitness club, including weights, pull-up bars and a bench for dips. But there...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Justin Trudeau Pledged $650 Million To Counter Trump's Anti-Abortion Rule
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday pledged $650 million over the next three years for women’s reproductive health services and sexual education around the world. “Like men, women should be able to choose when they want to start a family, how big their family should be, and who they want to start that family with,” Trudeau said at an event in Ottawa in honor of International Women’s Day, according to Vice News.  “When women have equal power and equal weight and equal leadership influence, the kinds of decisions are better,” Trudeau said. Trudeau’s ple...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Norway Pledges $10 Million To Counter Trump's Global Anti-Abortion Move
Norway has joined an international initiative to raise millions of dollars to replace shortfalls left by U.S. President Donald Trump’s ban on U.S.-funded groups worldwide providing information on abortion. In January, the Netherlands started a global fund to help women access abortion services, saying Trump’s “global gag rule” meant a funding gap of $600 million over the next four years, and has pledged $10 million to the initiative to replace that. Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Finland, Canada and Cape Verde have all also lent their support. “The government is increasing its support f...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

8 Countries Sign Up To Counter Trump's Global Anti-Abortion Move
Eight countries have joined an initiative to raise millions of dollars to replace shortfalls caused by President Donald Trump’s ban on U.S.-funded groups around the world providing information on abortion, Sweden’s deputy prime minister said. Isabella Lovin told Reuters a conference would be held on March 2 in Brussels to kick-start the funding initiative to help non-governmental organizations whose family planning projects could be affected. The Netherlands announced in January the launch of a global fund to help women access abortion services, saying Trump’s “global gag rule” would cause a f...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Impact Of Zika On Asian Countries May Be Graver Than We Thought
CHICAGO/BANGKOK (Reuters) ― Zika’s rampage last year in Brazil caused an explosion of infections and inflicted a crippling neurological defect on thousands of babies ― an effect never seen in a mosquito-borne virus. It also presented a mystery: why had a virus that had been little more than a footnote in the annals of infectious diseases taken such a devastating turn in the Americas? How had Africa and Asia, where Zika had quietly circulated for decades, escaped with no reports of major outbreaks or serious complications? Scientists initially theorized that Zika’s long tenure in Africa and Asia may have con...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 23, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

[In Depth] Mosquito hunters search for Zika vectors
Zika virus, the once obscure pathogen now widely feared for causing birth defects and other problems, has spread very far, very quickly since an outbreak was first noticed in northeast Brazil in early 2015. It has reached more than 40 countries across the Americas, even making it to the Cape Verde islands, off the western coast of Africa. More than a million people have become infected along the way. As public health officials try to contain the epidemic, researchers are racing to answer a key question with important implications for which areas are at risk, and what methods might work to slow its spread: Which mosquitoes ...
Source: ScienceNOW - June 3, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Gretchen Vogel Tags: Infectious Disease Source Type: news

Nigeria: 'Nigeria Should Worry About Spread of Zika, Yellow Fever'
[Vanguard] Renowned Virologist and President of the Nigeria Academy of Science, Professor Oyewale Tomori, has said the discovery of a strain of Zika virus circulating in Brazil and other parts of the Americas in the Cape Verde area of Africa, should worry Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 23, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Zika Virus 'On Doorstep of Africa' - UN Health Agency
[UN News] The United Nations health agency today confirmed that the Zika virus strain circulating in Cabo Verde, an island nation off the northwest coast of Africa, is the same as the one responsible for the outbreaks linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly in South America. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Zika ‘on doorstep of Africa,’ UN health agency warns after virus confirmed in Cabo Verde
The United Nations health agency today confirmed that the Zika virus strain circulating in Cabo Verde, an island nation off the northwest coast of Africa, is the same as the one responsible for the outbreaks linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly in South America. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - May 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Zika virus strain spreads to Africa, says World Health Organisation
The WHO agency announced today the Zika virus strain circulating in Cape Verde had been shown to be the same as the one behind an explosion of cases in the Americas. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO: Zika virus off West Africa coast came from Americas
World Health Organization says Zika virus in Cape Verde island by West African coast is same strain as spreading through the Americas (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - May 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Zika Virus From Brazil Found In Africa For The First Time
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Tests show an outbreak of Zika virus on the African island chain of Cape Verde is of the same strain as the one blamed for birth abnormalities in Brazil, the World Health Organization said on Friday. "The findings are of concern because it is further proof that the outbreak is spreading beyond South America and is on the doorstep of Africa," said WHO's Africa director Matshidiso Moeti. "This information will help African countries to re-evaluate their level of risk and adapt and increase their levels of preparedness," she said. Zika was first discovered in Africa in 1947 ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 20, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Brazilian strain of Zika virus confirmed in Africa, says WHO
Type of virus blamed for South American birth abnormalities found in Cape Verde, which has had three cases of microcephalyTests show an outbreak of Zika virus on the African island chain of Cape Verde is of the same strain as the one blamed for birth abnormalities in Brazil, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. “The findings are of concern because it is further proof that the outbreak is spreading beyond South America and is on the doorstep of Africa,” said WHO’s Africa director, Matshidiso Moeti. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 20, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis and agencies Tags: Zika virus World news Africa Cape Verde Brazil Americas Infectious diseases Science Medical research Source Type: news

WHO: Zika virus off coast of Africa came from Americas
World Health Organization says Zika virus in Cape Verde off the western coast of Africa is the same infecting people in the Americas (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - May 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brazil-type Zika confirmed in Africa for first time: WHO
GENEVA (Reuters) - Tests show an outbreak of Zika virus on the African island chain of Cape Verde is of the same strain as the one blamed for birth abnormalities in Brazil, the World Health Organization said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

WHO confirms Zika virus strain imported from the Americas to Cabo Verde
Sequencing of the virus in Cabo Verde by Institut Pasteur, Dakar confirms that the Zika virus currently circulating in Cabo Verde is the same as the one circulating in the Americas - the Asian type- and was most likely imported from Brazil. This is the first time that the Zika strain responsible for the outbreaks linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly has been detected in Africa. (Source: WHO news)
Source: WHO news - May 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: emergencies [subject], emergency preparedness, crises, emergency preparedness, zika, zika, Afghanistan [country], African Region [region] Source Type: news

Zika virus 'does cause birth defects'
Conclusion The scientists say that, on balance, "we suggest that sufficient evidence has accumulated" to say that Zika is the cause of the current spike of microcephaly cases. They add that researchers, "have been unable to identify alternative hypotheses" for the increase in microcephaly.  How does Zika and microcephaly affect you? Public health advice about Zika virus has not changed. At present, Zika virus is thought to be transmitted by mosquitoes in the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Pacific Islands, Vietnam, the Philippines and Cape Verde. See an updated list here. The Royal Coll...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Pregnancy/child QA articles Source Type: news

WHO expects over 2,500 Zika-linked microcephaly cases in Brazil
The World Health Organization says 39 percent of suspected cases have been confirmed in Brazil. Cases are now appearing in Panama and Cape Verde as the virus keeps spreading. This is a developing story. It will be updated. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Washington Post Source Type: news

WHO supports Cabo Verde in managing Zika virus
Responding to a request from the Ministry of Health in Cabo Verde, WHO is sending a team to Cabo Verde, with joint participation of experts from WHO AFRO and the Institut Pasteur, Dakar. Although the number of cases of Zika in Cabo Verde is declining, the Minister of Health announced on 15 March the first case of microcephaly. Investigations are underway to determine if this case of microcephaly is linked to Cabo Verde’s outbreak of Zika virus. Among the 7 490 suspected cases of Zika virus reported between 21 October 2015 and 6 March 2016, 165 involve pregnant women, from which 44 women have already delivered without...
Source: WHO news - March 18, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: zika, zika Source Type: news

WHO sends team to Cape Verde after microcephaly case found
PRAIA (Reuters) - The World Health Organisation said on Friday it is sending a team to Cape Verde to evaluate the first case of the neurological disorder microcephaly, thought to be linked to the Zika virus, in the island nation off West Africa. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

West Africa, Ebola and the threat of Zika
(Georgetown University Medical Center) Rapid testing for the Zika virus is a critical need in the recent Ebola-affected countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, says a Georgetown University professor, because of the recent Zika outbreak on nearby Cape Verde and the similarity in symptoms between Zika and early Ebola. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 17, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zika-hit Cape Verde identifies first case of microcephaly
PRAIA (Reuters) - Cape Verde has identified its first case of the neurological disorder microcephaly, thought to be linked to the Zika virus, in what would be a first for Africa. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

If You Don't Like The Idea Of Abortion, Don't Get One
The World Health Organization estimates that 211 million pregnancies occur each year. Approximately 87 million of these pregnancies occur unintentionally. Of the total number of pregnancies a year, around 46 million end in abortion. Around 40 percent of these are carried out under unsafe conditions; 47,000 women die as a result of unsafe abortions each year. Surely, this is not what we want for our women. Abortion is not about opinion. Legalizing abortion is not a question of beliefs, taboos or religion-- all that should not even be part of the conversation. Abortion is a question of public health, and it must be dealt wi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Latest On Zika: Experts Are Divided Over Genetically Modified Mosquitos
The Zika virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is strongly suspected to be linked to a new wave of microcephaly cases in Brazil. Babies born with the birth defect have smaller heads and sometimes brains that aren't fully developed, which can result in life-long developmental problems.    Zika is currently spreading through Central and South America and the Caribbean, and with the high volume of news about the virus, it's tough to stay up-to-date. Check out our full coverage, or read our daily recaps. Here are four updates, opinions and developments to know about now:   1. ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Latest On Zika: Why The Pope Should Weigh In On Contraception
This week, while research groups formed coalitions to develop a Zika virus vaccine, scientists learned more about the disease after an autopsy report showed Zika virus in brain tissue of an aborted fetus. The fetus's mother had contracted Zika virus in Brazil during her first trimester.  The Zika virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is strongly suspected to be linked to a new wave of microcephaly cases in Brazil. Babies born with the birth defect have smaller heads and brains that aren't fully developed, which can result in life-long developmental problems.    With the high volume of ne...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Pregnant Women Should Know About Zika Virus
On Monday, the World Health Organization declared a "public health emergency of international concern" due to the cluster of birth defects potentially linked to Zika virus.   No one is probably more concerned about this connection than the world’s pregnant women, especially those who are living in an area where there is ongoing Zika virus transmission. While the virus’ symptoms (fever, headache, joint pain, conjunctivitis) are no cause for alarm and rarely require hospitalization, the disease is suspected of causing severe birth defects like microcephaly, when a baby is born with an abnormally sm...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 2, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

What you need to know about Zika virus
Follow me at @JohnRossMD Last week, the government of El Salvador gave what might be the strangest public health advice of all time: don’t get pregnant for the next two years. Officials in Colombia, Ecuador, and Jamaica have also warned women to avoid pregnancy, although only for the next several months. The reason for these unusual recommendations? An outbreak of Zika virus, currently raging in 21 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Samoa, and Cape Verde. Until recently, Zika was an obscure virus, confined to equatorial Africa and Asia, an...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - February 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Ross, MD, FIDSA Tags: Children's Health Family Planning and Pregnancy Infectious diseases Prevention Safety Source Type: news

CDC expands Zika virus alert; more countries issue pregnancy warnings
Pregnant women should not travel to Barbados, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin, Guyana, Cape Verde and Samoa because of Zika virus, the CDC said Friday. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An Illustrated Guide To The Zika Outbreak
In October 2015, Brazilian health authorities notified the World Health Organization that an alarming number of Brazilian babies had been born with microcephaly, a rare, debilitating birth defect with lifelong consequences. Researchers quickly linked the spike in birth defects to the outbreak of a little-known tropical disease called Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquito. Since its discovery in Uganda in 1947, Zika virus has popped up in different African and Asian countries, but no widespread outbreaks had occurred until 2013, when the virus infected an estimated 11 percent of the population of French Polynesi...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An Illustrated Guide To The Zika Outbreak
In October 2015, Brazilian health authorities notified the World Health Organization that an alarming number of Brazilian babies had been born with microcephaly, a rare, debilitating birth defect with lifelong consequences. Researchers quickly linked the spike in birth defects to the outbreak of a little-known tropical disease called Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquito. Since its discovery in Uganda in 1947, Zika virus has popped up in different African and Asian countries, but no widespread outbreaks had occurred until 2013, when the virus infected an estimated 11 percent of the population of French Polynesi...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 22, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

C.D.C. Issues Travel Alert for 8 More Locations Over Zika Virus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added eight destinations to a list of countries that pregnant women should avoid to prevent infection. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS Tags: Travel Warnings Ecuador Centers for Disease Control and Prevention St Martin (Caribbean) Women and Girls Pregnancy and Childbirth Bolivia Guadeloupe Barbados Samoa Zika Virus Guyana Cape Verde Source Type: news