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

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 various neurological and developmental conditions such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, […]

Ministry Of Health Health Confirms The First Two Pregnant Women With Zika This Year

Q COSTA RICA – The Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) confirmed Wednesday the first two pregnant women infected with the Zika virus in the first weeks of the year. In addition, seven probable cases of infected women are under investigation. Health officials did not reveal the origin or further details about the gestation period. […]

Zika Virus in Costa Rica: What You Need To Know Before You Travel

Zika Virus in Costa Rica: What You Need To Know Before You Travel

Q TRAVEL – The holiday travel season is here and Costa Rica is a very popular destination for many from around the world. Should you be worred about the Zika Virus? The ZIKA VIRUS IS SCARY because it targets the most vulnerable among us — its sudden, rapid spread across the Americas would not have […]

Panama Reports More than 400 Cases of The Zika Virus

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 Guna Yala (136). The Panamanian Public Health Ministry (MINSA) reported […]

Promising Vaccines Developed Against Zika Virus

Promising Vaccines Developed Against Zika Virus

QCOSTARICA – The development of a safe and effective vaccine against the Zika virus against humans may be successful, with results of a major study published in the international weekly journal of science, Nature. The researchers said, based on their findings, a Zika vaccine for humans “will likely be readily achievable”. Researchers tested two trial […]

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?

It’s the rainy season in Costa Rica. And the season for those pesky mosquitoes. It is important to practice mosquito prevention, especially for Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika viruses. Most mosquitos are active at dawn and dusk. However, they can dine at any time of the day. Being dinner for a mosquito should not be one […]

Ministry of Health Continues To Find Zika Mosquito Breeding Sites

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 a Zika virus outbreak in Playa Jaco, on Costa Rica’s […]

Study Confirms That Nicoyans in Extreme Poverty Give Less Importance to Dengue

Study Confirms That Nicoyans in Extreme Poverty Give Less Importance to Dengue

QCOSTARICA by Henry Morales, Vozdeguanacaste – There is not a neighborhood, business or news media that has not talked about the increase in dengue, zika and chikungunya in Nicoya. But do all Nicoyans really grasp the severity of the problem? In order to answer that question, a group of researchers from the State Distance University […]

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

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 highlighted the cruelty behind some of these restrictive abortion laws,” […]

Airlines Worry Zika May Be Hurting Americas Travel: IATA CEO

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 concern that they may already be seeing some effect on […]

Costa Rica Decrees ‘Preventive’ Emergency Over Zika

Costa Rica Decrees ‘Preventive’ Emergency Over Zika

QCOSTARICA – The Ministry of Health and National Emergency Commission – Ministerio de Salud and the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias (CNE) –  declared a “preventive” emergency in 31 of Costa Rica’s 81 cantones over the spreading Zika virus. The decree, signed late Thursday by the health minister, Fernando Llorca […]

US, Brazil Join Forces to Fight Zika Virus

US, Brazil Join Forces to Fight Zika Virus

(Q24N via AP) GENEVA – The head of the World Health Organization’s Zika response team is predicting that Brazil will host a “fantastic Olympics” and that the mosquito-borne virus will be “way down” by the time the Summer Games begin in Rio de Janeiro on August 5. The most common symptoms of Zika virus are […]

PANAMA: Zika Virus Cases Climbs to 73, One Imported

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 of ​​Rio Chico,  a place under investigation for the first […]

Pregnant Tica Could Be First Indigenous Case of Zika In The Country

Pregnant Tica Could Be First Indigenous Case of Zika In The Country

QCOSTARICA – A pregnant women with 36 weeks gestation could become the first autochthonous case of the Zika virus in Costa Rica, reports Chrhoy.com According to the report, the Minister of Health, Dr. Fernando Llorca, confirms this is a woman in Guanacaste with a “very suspicious” case of carrying the Zika virus. Related: Canada Confirms […]

Health Officials: So Far No Evidence Zika Virus Circulating In The Country

Health Officials: So Far No Evidence Zika Virus Circulating In The Country

QCOSTARICA – Despite, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) including Costa Rica in the list of countries with indigenous cases of this disease, the Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud) says so far there is no evidence that the virus circulating in the country. The latest […]

Zika Virus: Colombia Confirms Three Deaths

Zika Virus: Colombia Confirms Three Deaths

TODAY COLOMBIA – Colombia has confirmed the first three deaths of patients infected with the Zika virus who had contracted a seemingly related disease that attacks the nervous system and causes paralysis. Alejandro Gaviria, the health minister, told the Guardian that another two deaths caused by the disease – known as Guillain-Barré syndrome – were […]

The Three Letter Word Missing From the Zika Virus Warnings

The Three Letter Word Missing From the Zika Virus Warnings

Q24N – Two articles today on the Zika virus say a great deal about the way the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and about people in Central and South America. And yes, its relevant. The Washington Post says the CDC is “incredibly condescending” warning your women. The publication asks, Does the Centers for […]

Ministry of Health Fumigates All of Nosara Due to Possible Appearance of Zika

Ministry of Health Fumigates All of Nosara Due to Possible Appearance of Zika

QCOSTARICA  by Wilberth Villalobos Castrillo, Vozdeguanacaste.com – As if the cases of Dengue and Chikungunya in Nicoya weren’t enough already, now the Zika virus threatens to overshadow the inhabitants of the canton and the country after the Atlanta Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported to the Ministry of Health on January 29th thatan […]