Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, January 30, 2015: Seasonal influenza affects many thousands of people in the Caribbean each year, and as the 2015 season approaches, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to practice good personal hygiene in order to reduce the risk of transmission of influenza and other respiratory viruses.
The National Institutes of Health will be hosting a three day Capacity-Building Workshop on “Improving Chronic Disease in the Caribbean through Evidence-Based Behavioural and Social Interventions.” This training workshop will be held in Bridgetown, Barbados, from July 21-23, 2015. Read more…
CARPHA received high praise from Bermuda’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. Cheryl Peek-Ball, for the Agency’s assistance with its STEPS data survey analysis - a survey of Bermuda’s health trends. The team from CARPHA assisted in completing the preliminary data analysis and the first draft of the data book. The CMO also commended the support Bermuda continues to receive from CARPHA, as Bermuda embarks on the final stages of the project, which includes report writing, and communication of the results of the survey to the public.
A new recombinant strain of HIV (CRF19) has been identified in the Caribbean region. This new strain progresses rapidly to advanced disease (AIDS) within 3 years. This is 3 times as fast as the usual strains of HIV and could mean increased illness and death from HIV if it spreads among the Caribbean population. Read more...
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, January 30 2015. The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is commending the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines'; Ministry of Health on its timely collaboration with the Agency in the management of a traveler from Nigeria with fever. Because of the Ministry's action, Executive Director, Dr C. James Hospedales, said CARPHA was able to receive the relevant sample and return a result within 48 hours.