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CARPHA Conference to Examine Climate Change and the Risks to Human Health
The Caribbean region made up of small island nations, is one of the most vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change.  In recent years, the Region has experienced more frequent and inten...
Incidences of Foodborne Ailments on the Rise in the Caribbean Region
Every year, thousands of people in the Caribbean experience food-borne illnesses, after exposure to contaminated food or drink. Persons affected usually experience severe diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach ...
Regional Experts Lay Groundwork for Unified Response to Vector-Borne Diseases
“Although Dengue has been in the Region for years, with the introduction of Chikungunya in 2013 and now Zika, vector-borne diseases (VBDs) have become very prominent, taking center stage,”...

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Chikungunya
Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral infection. Outbreaks have previously occurred in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Local transmission of the infection was found for the first time in the Caribbean in December 2013. Since CHIKV is new to the Caribbean, almost everyone in the Caribbean is susceptible to the infection. Read more...
Zika
Ebola
The current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) is in West Africa. There have not been any cases of Ebola in the Caribbean, and the overall risk assessment for the Caribbean region remains low. Continued monitoring of the situation will be conducted by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The level of risk may change as new information becomes available. Read more...
Dengue
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
Hand, foot, and mouth disease, or HFMD, is a contagious illness that is caused by different viruses.  Read more...
Non-communicable Diseases
"Promoting Healthy Weights in the Caribbean: Safeguarding our Future Development." The Caribbean is in the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic, despite the fact that the health status of the Region’s children and young people has dramatically improved over the past decades. Statistics show that at least 1 in every 5 of our children carry unhealthy weights and risk developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, later in life. "  Read more...

ANNOUNCEMENT - DENGUE COURSE

PAHO WHO | PAHO/WHO announces the 15th International Dengue Course organized by the Institute of Tropical Medicine.  Couse sessions will address topics on clinical management, epidemiology, virology and immunology, transmission, integrated vector management, environmental risk factors and community participation, as well as control strategies and prevention of dengue in the context of other Arbovirosis (chikungunya and zika) present in the Americas.  Registration deadline: 20 July 2017.  Click for more information.

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INFLUENZA:

Influenza A (H1N1) Update (audio) CARPHA encourages the public to ensure they are aware of how to protect themselves and their families from catching and spreading seasonal influenza. In 2015, influenza activity globally has generally decreased or remained low with only a few countries reporting elevated levels of respiratory illness. Influenza activity in the Caribbean has remained at low levels with the exception of Cuba, where high numbers of severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) were reported, associated with the Influenza A (H1N1). Influenza AH1N1 is one of several influenza strains that circulates around the world, including the Caribbean region. Learn more about influenza

HEALTHCARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS: CARPHA works closely with countries across the Region and international partners to monitor infectious disease trends. Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are infections that are caught as a result of a patient being in a hospital or other type of healthcare facility. Find out more about HCAIs, who is vulnerable and how they can be prevented HERE.

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REPORT: Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance in the Caribbean: A report on the workshop delivered as part of the Commonwealth laboratory twinning initiative to combat antimicrobial resistance Download your copy

Download Your Copy Analysing over 60 years of research from the Annual Caribbean Health Conferences. This report highlights the impact of research on health policy and programming as well as clinical practice in the Caribbean.. Download your copy