Guillain-Barre on rise in five Latam countries, no proven link to Zika - WHO
GENEVA (Reuters) - A neurological disorder suspected of links to the mosquito-borne Zika virus is on the rise in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Suriname and Venezuela, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews 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 small head. ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 2, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Zika virus: what you need to know
Three UK travellers have been diagnosed with Zika, a mosquito-borne infection caused by Zika virus, while travelling in Colombia, Suriname and Guyana Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - January 25, 2016 Category: Nursing Authors: ltrevallion Tags: Travel health Men ' s health Women Infections Professional Aedes mosquito bite nurse nursing public health Zika Zika virus ZIKV Editor s pick Latest 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

Three Britons infected with dangerous Zika virus
British travellers who picked up the disease while travelling Columbia, Suriname and Guyana have returned to the UK (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - January 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pregnant Women Shouldn't Travel To Countries With Zika Virus, CDC Says
People traveling to Central America and South America, as well as some islands in the Caribbean, should take special precautions against mosquito bites because of an outbreak of Zika virus, a previously rare disease that may be linked to serious birth defects. Pregnant women should consider avoiding the region, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised. The CDC on Friday issued a "Level 2" travel notice for Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, as well as the Caribbean islands Haiti and Martinique....
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Institut Pasteur in French Guiana publishes the first complete genome sequence of the Zika virus
(Institut Pasteur) Having confirmed the first cases of infection in Suriname then in French Guiana, the Institut Pasteur in French Guiana has sequenced the complete genome of the Zika virus, which is responsible for an unprecedented epidemic currently sweeping through the tropical regions of the Americas. Published in The Lancet medical journal, the analysis of this sequence shows almost complete homology with the strains responsible for the epidemic that occurred in the Pacific in 2013 and 2014. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Mosquito Virus May Have Caused Brain Damage In Thousands Of Babies
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In the early weeks of Angelica Pereira's pregnancy, a mosquito bite began bothering her. At first it seemed a small thing. But the next day she awoke with a rash, a headache, a fever and a burning in her eyes. The symptoms disappeared within four days, but she fears the virus has left lasting consequences. Pereira's daughter Luiza was born in October with a head more than an inch (3 centimeters) below the range defined as healthy by doctors, a rare condition known as microcephaly that often results in mental retardation. A neurologist soon gave Pereira and her husband more bad news: The brain da...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 28, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

What You Need To Know About The Zika Virus
By: Mindy Weisberger Published: 12/16/2015 10:51 AM EST on LiveScience Infections with Zika virus, which is carried by mosquitos, are on the rise across the Americas, raising concerns among health officials. Although the virus is generally not life-threatening, evidence suggests that it may be responsible for recent increases in birth defects in Brazil and French Polynesia, where infections are more common.  On Thursday (Dec. 10), officials in Panama announced the country's first case of locally acquired Zika virus — meaning that a person caught the disease from a mosquito in that country, rather than while trav...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 16, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Zika virus infection – Suriname
On 12 November 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Suriname notified PAHO/WHO of 4 additional cases of Zika virus infection. The cases were laboratory confirmed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). Furthermore, one of two previously reported cases (see DON published on 11 November) was also re-confirmed by CARPHA. Given the increased transmission of Zika virus in the Region of the Americas, PAHO/WHO recommends that its Member States establish and maintain the capacity to detect and confirm cases of Zika virus infection, prepare their health services for a potential additional burden at all levels of health ca...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 13, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: health services [subject], Disease outbreak news [doctype], Region of the Americas [region], Suriname [country] Source Type: news

Zika virus infection – Suriname
On 2 November 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Suriname notified PAHO/WHO of 2 autochthonous cases of Zika virus infection. Preliminary laboratory testing was conducted at the Academic Hospital Paramaribo. The investigation is ongoing and further information is pending. Given the increased transmission of Zika virus in the Region of the Americas, PAHO/WHO recommends that its Member States establish and maintain the capacity to detect and confirm cases of Zika virus infection, prepare their health services for a potential additional burden at all levels of health care, and implement an effective public communications ...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 11, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: health services [subject], Disease outbreak news [doctype], Region of the Americas [region], Suriname [country] Source Type: news

Design of study without drugs: a Surinamese school-based drug-prevention program for adolescents - Ishaak F, de Vries NK, van der Wolf K.
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to design the content and accompanying materials for a school-based program-Study without Drugs-for adolescents in junior secondary schools in Suriname based on the starting points and tasks of the fourth step of the I... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 19, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Why We Should All Care About The Amazon's Disappearing Tribes
Before Mark Plotkin became a successful Amazonian ethnobotanist and rainforest conservationist, he was a 19-year-old college dropout working the night shift at the Harvard Zoology Museum.  Having developed an insatiable curiosity about the world's flora and fauna as a child, he decided to take a night course at the university led by a famed ethnobotanist. After attending that first lecture in 1974, Plotkin knew that he wanted to spend the rest of his life exploring the rainforest. Within months, he was invited to join an expedition to the Amazonian region of French Guiana as a research assistant.   Sinc...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 28, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Africa: Midwife Champion Urges Increased Childbirth Funding
[Wellbeing Foundation] Suriname -In her role as the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Global Goodwill Ambassador, the Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa, H.E. Mrs. Toyin Saraki delivered the closing remarks at this month's International Confederation of Midwives 5th Regional Conference of the Americas in Suriname, as she called for the urgent scaling up of access to midwives across the world -- which will save lives and put an end to the needless and preventable deaths of women, newborns, and children ar (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 23, 2015 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news