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16 Year-Old and 40 Year-Old Give Birth To Babies With Microcephaly

Q COSTA RICA -  In Puntarenas, a week ago, a 16 year-old girl and a 40 year-old woman gave birth to babies with microcephaly. The Costa Rica Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) classifies the cases of microcephaly as "probable", as there is still a...

The campaign to eradicate Zika has trampled over women’s rights

(Q24N) Pia Riggirozzi, University of Southampton - The World Health Organization declared that the Zika epidemic was an international emergency in February 2016. While the WHO lifted the declaration nine months later, the crisis is far from over. Zika, which has been linked to...

Panama Reports More than 400 Cases of The Zika Virus

(Prensa Latina) Since the zika virus appeared in November 2015, the public health authorities confirmed a total of 461 cases in Panama, of which 422 correspond to the present year. Among the most affected regions, there are the capital (174 cases) and the region of...

Sanofi Pasteur’s Dengue Vaccine Approved in Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica is one eleven countries to date to approve the Sanofi Pasteur dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia. Sanofi's vaccines unit, said on Tuesday that its , had received market approval in eleven countries: Costa Rica, Mexico, the Philippines, Brazil, El Salvador, Paraguay, Guatemala, Peru, Indonesia,...

“The Worst Is Yet To Come”,Health Official Conerned Of The Spread of Zika in The Country

(QCOSTARICA) The increased number of cases of Zika in the country has prompted renewed concerns by Ministry of Health officials, warning that the worst is yet to come. "We are in the worst times of the year and the worst is yet to come," warned...

Costa Rica Confirms First case of Zika-associated Syndrome

(Q Costa Rica) Health officials on Thursday confirmed the first local case of the potentially fatal Guillain-Barre syndrome associated with the Zika virus. The  Ministerio de Salud Avanzada (ministry of Health) said in a press release, after receiving confirmation from the Instituto Costarricense de Investigación...

Ministry of Health Continues To Find Zika Mosquito Breeding Sites

QCOSTARICA - It started in Guanacaste, but the Zika virus is now also present in Alajuelita (San Jose) and Jacó. The Health Ministry Vector Control Program coordinator, Dr.Rodrigo Marin, asserted Monday that they had been working hard for a week and a half to control...

Zika fears increase demand for abortions in countries where it’s illegal to have one

(Q24N) via Latimes.com - As the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, spreads across Latin America, the demand for abortions is increasing in countries where there are few legal avenues to obtain one. “It has made the issue more salient and has...

Airlines Worry Zika May Be Hurting Americas Travel: IATA CEO

Q24N (Reuters) The spread of the Zika virus today could threaten the operations of airlines in the Americas by discouraging travel to the region, said the director general of the Association of International Air Transport Association (IATA), Tony Tyler. "A number of members have expressed...

Costa Rica Health Officials Confirm First Two Home-grown Cases Of The Zika Virus

QCOSTARICA - Fumigating and house-to-house visits to identify and destroy mosquito breeding grounds are part of the Ministry of Health to contain the Zika virus in the area of Nicoya, Guanacaste, after confirming the first two indigenous cases. A 24 year-old resident of Samara, who...

PANAMA: Zika Virus Cases Climbs to 73, One Imported

(TODAY PANAMA) The number of  cases of Zika virus confirmed in Panama had climbed to 73 by Saturday  February 20, says Health Minister, Francisco Javier Terrientes. Terrientes made the announcement  during a tour of the village of Pacora, where spraying is  underway  in the area...

Nicaragua Confirms First Two Cases of the Zika Virus

TODAY NICARAGUA | Nicaragua reports two cases of the Zika virus, two women in the capital of Managua, said First Lady and government spokeswoman, Rosario Murillo. Murillo said Health ministry lab tests confirmed the presence of Zika after the women displayed symptoms including fever, joint...

Costa Rica On Alert For Possible Arrival Of Zika Virus

(QCOSTARICA) The Ministery of Health (Ministerio de Salud) is on alert for the possible arrival of the Zika virus whose first cases in Latin America were in Brazil in February. The Zika virus is similar to Dengue Fever, with symptoms which include fever, joint and...

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