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Haiti Prison, HELL ON EARTH, some waiting up to eight years for trial

dailymail.co.uk reported dozens of emaciated men with sunken cheeks and protruding ribs lie silently in an infirmary at Haiti’s largest prison, most too weak to stand.

The corpse of an inmate who died miserably of malnutrition is shrouded beneath a plastic tarp.

Elsewhere, prisoners are crammed shoulder-to-shoulder in cellblocks so overcrowded they have to sleep in makeshift hammocks suspended from the ceiling or squeeze four to a bunk.

New arrivals at Haiti’s National Penitentiary jostle for space on filthy floors where inmates on lockdown 22 hours a day are forced to defecate into plastic bags in the absence of latrines.

Overcrowding, malnutrition and infectious diseases that flourish in jammed quarters have led to an upsurge of inmate deaths, including 21 at the Port-au-Prince penitentiary just last month. Read Article

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Rabies from dog bites persisent problem Latin America and worldwide

discovermagazine.com reported this past spring, a street dog and her puppy were captured in Cairo, Egypt. Her vaccination certificates were forged, and she was shipped to the United States by an animal rescue organization in a shipment that included seven other dogs and 27 cats. Days later, following her placement in a Virginian foster home […]

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Ecuador: Dengue Cases Up in Three Provinces but down across the country

Eluniverso.com reported dengue cases are on uptick so far in 2014. The three provinces most impacted are Esmeraldas, Guayas and El Oro Province. The number of cases is higher then for the same time in 2013. In other provinces, the number of cases has diminished. So far in 2014 (26 weeks) there have been 9,705 […]

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São Paulo, Brazil: Study Reveals Genetic Diversity of HIV in Infected Patients

On October 22, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that a study recently released by the University of São Paulo (USP) and the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp) revealed that cases of HIV in Brazil reflect a variety of subtypes of the virus.  This finding is key to understanding the proper diagnosis and […]

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Doctors in Brazil Plan Electoral Campaign Against Incumbent President Dilma

On October 15, 2013, Folha de São Paulo reported that Brazilian doctors, angry with the government’s policy to import physicians from other countries, are planning a campaign in anticipation of the 2014 presidential elections against incumbent President Dilma Rousseff.  While those groups hold a critical view of the program, a majority of Brazilians are still […]

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Brazil: Over a 22-Year Span, Infant Morality Rate Drops by 77% Nationwide

On September 14, 2013, opovo.com.br reported that the infant mortality in Brazil dropped by 77% from 1990 to 2012. In the state of Ceará, the rate dropped by 82%. The significant drop in the rates is due to many factors including the formation of the Unified Health System, increased availability of immunizations, cleaner sanitary conditions, […]

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Brazil: Argentinian doctors will be paid double in “More Doctors” program

midianews.com.br reported on September 6, 2013 that Argentinian doctors who will participate in the “More Doctors” program in Brazil will be paid twice the salary in Brazil compared to their home country. The doctors will receive a R$10,000 grant per month for 40 hours a week although reports show the doctors may need to work […]

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Loja Ecuador: 124 tonnes of onions seized, infested with pests, flies, larvae, fungus

Ecuador: Agrocalidad buried onions that had been affected by pests Freshplaza.com reported The Ecuadorian Agency for Agro Quality Assurance, Agrocalidad, buried 1,200 bags of onions seized in recent days, after detecting various pests that threaten crops in Loja and Ecuador. The report indicated that authorities found pests, such as fruit flies, larvae, and even a […]

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Acre, Brazil: Suspects Detained for Selling Abortion Pills

Globo reported on August 29, 2013 that the Federal Police detained six suspects including the owner of the pharmacy, accused of selling abortion pills in Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre. According to a forensic examination, the tablets were from Italy and are banned in Brazil. The pills were sold between R$100 and R$250. Fear of surveillance, […]

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Brazil: Foreign Doctors Arrive in Brazil to Begin Government Program

Globo reported on August 24, 2013 that the first group of foreign doctors in the More Doctors program arrived in various cities of Brazil on Friday (23). The doctors include 145 foreigners; many from Cuba, and 99 Brazilians who attended school overseas. The doctors will need to participate in a three-week course about law and […]

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Peru: Counterfeit Drugs Seized Near Hospital in San Juan de Miraflores

From La Republica on June 21, 2013- Authorities seized around 700 kilos of counterfeit drugs in seven different pharmacies in near Maria Auxiliadora Hospital in San Juan de Miraflores. The operation was conducted by General Directorate of Medicine, Supplies, and Drugs (Digemid) of the Ministry of Health, the National Police, the National Superintendent of Tax […]

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Mato Grosso, Brazil: Drug Abuse Grows in Indigenous Communities

midianews.com.br reported on June 2, 2013 that in Mato Grosso; a state with one of the highest numbers of indigenous people, Indians are suffering from drug addiction; primarily that of cocaine base paste and crack. The government is still uncertain of how to effectively identify and handle the situation. Lectures in such communities have been […]

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Study Reveals Brazil Ranks Number One Consumer of Crack Worldwide

On May 24, 2013, Globo reported that according to a study by the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil is considered the number one consumer of crack worldwide. The study reveals that about one million users live with their families and the number could potentially double, if considering the addicts who live on the streets. […]

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Brazil Hosts WHO Conference to Increase Distribution of Foreign Doctors

Terra reported on May 22, 2013 that Brazil will host the upcoming 2013 World Health Organization conference to discuss the need for increased availability and distribution of foreign doctors and specialists in countries in need of professionals. The conference will be held in Recife, Brazil. Brazil was chosen as the host after leading the discussion […]

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Brazil: Launch of Operation Ágata 7 to Patrol Entire Border

capitalnews.com.br reported on May 20, 2103, Operation Ágata 7; consisting of 25,000 militants to patrol the entire Brazilian border. Numerous government agencies such as the Federal Highway Police, Internal Revenue Service, and the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, will work together in this operation to patrol and combat cross-border crimes such as arms and ammunition trafficking, drug […]

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Task Force in Acre, Brazil, To Address Situation of Haitian Refugees

On April 15, 2013, Agência Brasil reported that a task force has been launched in the Brazilian state of Acre to help 1,400 displaced Haitians. They entered the country after the 2010 Haitian earthquakes. According to the federal Minister of Justice Paulo Abrão, the task force is divided into three teams. The first will address […]

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Flu Vaccine Campaign Launched in Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

On April 11, 2013, NE10 reported that the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte will launch next Monday (4/15) a campaign to combat influenza.  On April 20, state health authorities predict that close to 585,000 citizens in the state will be vaccinated.  Authorities said that the main focus will be those 60 years of […]

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Study from São Paulo, Brazil, Finds 11.7 Million Brazilians Alcohol Dependent

On April 10, 2013, Agência Brasil reported that a study done at the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp) found that 11.7 million Brazilians have alcohol dependency. The study also found that 54% of all alcoholic beverages consumed in the country are consumed by around 20% of the population. Researchers surveyed 149 cities throughout Brazil […]

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At Least 13 Brazilian States to be Investigated for School Lunch Fraud

On April 9, 2013, O Globo reported that state and federal public ministries throughout Brazil are investigating the quality of public school lunches.  Authorities noticed irregularities in Espírito Santo last week regarding diversion of funds and the mishandling of food, but investigations are also being launched in 12 other states.  In the state of Rio […]

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Fortaleza, Brazil: All 26 Public Homeless Shelters Overcrowded

On April 3, 2013, Diário do Nordeste did a special report about the overcrowding of homeless shelters in Fortaleza, the capital city of the state of Ceará.  It covers the story of a two-year old girl, abandoned by her mother, in which neighbors take the child to a homeless shelter.  City authorities currently are unable […]

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State of Paraná, Brazil, Reports Dengue Epidemic in 52 Municipalities

On April 1, 2013, G1 reported that health officials in the state of Paraná have declared health epidemics in 52 municipalities concerning dengue. Since August of 2012, 17,175 cases have been reported, 16,086 of which were registered in 2013 alone. Nine people have died as a result of the cases.  The Health Ministry continues to […]

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Brazilian Government Spends R$488 Million on Obesity Programs per Year

On March 19, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that a study done at the University of Brasília showed that the Brazilian government spends around R$488 million on average on health programs targeted towards obesity.  Data was analyzed surrounding medium and high risk treatment cases involving 26 diseases associated with obesity, such as heart […]

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Police in Campo Grande, Brazil Investigate Potential Corruption in Hospitals

On March 19, 2013, Terra reported that police in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul are currently investigating a string of suspicious payments made for services in hospitals in the state capital, Campo Grande.  Local courts have already ordered the removal of several members of one hospital’s board for improper use of authority […]

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Nine Cyclists Are Hospitalized Per Day in São Paulo, Brazil

On March 13, 2013, EBC reported that a recent study done by the Health Secretary in the state of São Paulo found that nine cyclists per day in the state are hospitalized due to traffic accidents.  The Secretary’s office reported that last year there were approximately 3,200 traffic accidents in São Paulo state involving cyclists. […]

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Reports 40% Increase in Dengue Cases in One Week

On March 7, 2013, Hoje Em Dia reported that the city of Belo Horizonte, capital of the state of Minas Gerais, reported another rise in dengue cases.  In just one week, the city reported 1,630 cases that could be attributed to the disease.  Pampulha alone reported 291 cases this week, the highest among any part […]

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Dengue Cases in Minas Gerais, Brazil, Pass Last Year’s Total by February

On February 28, 2013, R7 reported that the number of dengue cases in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais has surged to 48,720 cases as of the end of February.  This number already has passed the number of cases reported in the state in all of last year (46,681).  The city of Uberaba alone has […]

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Health Officials in Campinas, Brazil, Finishes Investigating Tuberculosis Cases in Babies

On February 28, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that health officials in Campinas, São Paulo state, have concluded an investigation into a string of tuberculosis cases centered around the maternity unit at the Mother Theodora Hospital.  They investigated roughly 1,000 babies, born between January and June, 2012, who could have had contact with […]

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Dengue Cases in Natal, Brazil, Fall 83% Compared to 2012

On February 27, 2013, G1 reported that health officials in Natal, capital city of Rio Grande do Norte, declared that as of February 22, there have only been 123 cases of dengue in the city of Natal, a drop of nearly 83%.  According to minister of the local Zoonosis Control Center, Isabelle Ribeiro, residents are […]

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Police to Investigate ICU Deaths in Curitiba, Brazil, Hospital, Suspect Irregularities

On February 21, 2013, Gazeta do Povo reported that civil police in Curitiba will investigate the deaths of patients since 2006 at Curitiba’s General Evangelical Hospital on suspicions that the Chief of Medicine at the time, Virginia Helena Soares de Souza, made decisions to cut off life support without consent.  To clarify, a police spokesperson […]

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State of Ceará, Brazil, Has Less than One Doctor Per 1,000 Inhabitants

On February 19, 2013, Diário do Nordeste reported that the state of Ceará, in the northeast of Brazil, has less than one doctor per 1,000 inhabitants, among the lowest of all states.  Although the capital city of Fortaleza has around three doctors for every 1,000, other parts of the state have rates as low as […]

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City of Sorocaba, Brazil, Reports 41 Cases of Dengue in One Week

On February 11, 2013, Exame reported that the city of Sorocaba, São Paulo State, reported 41 cases of dengue during the week of Carnaval. This number raises the amount of cases reported in the area to 91 for the year, well below last year’s total of 25. Authorities are blaming the rainier-than-usual season paired with […]

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Dengue Outbreak in Brazil: Three Dead, Eight More Suspected Cases

On February 1, 2013, Campo Grande News reported that the Health Department of Mato Grosso do Sul has confirmed three deaths from dengue fever, as well as eight more suspected cases.  The victims were located in various parts of the capital, Campo Grande, as well as the town of Aquidauana.  This year the illness has […]

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Brazil: State of Maranhão Reports 6,500 Cases of AIDS Since 1985

On January 27, 2013, G1 reported that the state of Maranhão has reported 6,505 cases of AIDS since 1985, with two-thirds of the cases being male, the other third female.  The same study also reported that the majority of the cases happened in the age group 25-49.  Statistics from the State Health Department showed that […]

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Buenos Aires: Toxic Cloud covers many areas, hospitals red alert

Telegraph.co.uk reported that aA shipping container holding pesticide exploded this morning with smoke diffusing across central parts of the Argentine capital. The offices of the Air Force, two major banks, a court and a school where among the buildings within a 20-block radius of the city’s port – obscured by a yellow cloud – evacuated […]

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Number of deaths in vehicle accidents so far 2012, in Arauca Colombia alarming

lavozdelcinaruco.com reported that 32 people have died in traffic accidents devices run in 2012, revealed the Director of Traffic and Transportation, Department of Arauca, Freddy Diaz Serrano. “The figure is even more worrying when you consider that on that date there have been 295 traffic accidents, which also wounded 288 people,” the official said. Read […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: numbers of Chinese restaurants sanctioned for deplorable health conditions

B otellas unregistered health wine, shrimp shabby kitchen containers crammed with butter and fat is what was observed on Tuesday in several chifas of Guayaquil. This situation led to the authorities of the Provincial Directorate of Guayas (DPSG) and the Commissioner of Health resolved that these businesses should be closed, since one of them until […]

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Hotel in Apizaco, Mexico closed for human trafficking

Six prostitutes, two managers, two workers, and an eyewitness were arrested at a hotel in Apizaco for crimes of human trafficking. The hotel, located near the bus station, also lacked health and safety measures, Milenio reports. Vermin were found on the location. The hotel also violated a non-smoking law in the state. The names of […]

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Study of culling bats in Peru may be counterproductive in controlling rabies

The culling of bats, a common practice in Peru to control rabies, does not reduce rates of exposure to the virus causing the disease and may be counterproductive, according to a study by the University of Michigan. The research, conducted in colonies of vampire bats in Peru, aims to help public health officials and agriculture […]

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Mexico remains on alert for measles, three French girls diagnosed in Sonora

Epidemiological surveillance of the three patients who were in Sonora the same flight as the French girl diagnosed with measles, was concluded by the Ministry of Health. This is because the studies were negative to the disease having passed 21 days of mandatory surveillance after possible contact with the patient who was on 10 July. […]

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Ecuador: Carnival weekend 2012 leaves 85 dead, 551 injured, 20 missing

Salinas. A total of 85 dead, 551 wounded and 20 missing, for various events: drowning, electrocution and accidents, left the Carnival holiday, according to the National Secretariat for Risk Management, Maria del Pilar Cornejo, in a press conference offered from the Citizens Center in Salinas, Santa Elena. Read Article

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Young girls working as prostitutes in Haiti for lack of water and food

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Emergency declared in 29 municipalities of Coahuila Mexico due to drought

This day the Interior Ministry issued a natural disaster declaration for 29 municipalities of Coahuila, which were affected by severe drought since last May Day. In a statement it was reported that with this declaration will have access to resources Natural Disasters Fund (Fonden) the municipalities of Abasolo, Arteaga, Candela, Brown, Cuatro Cienegas, Escobedo, Francisco […]

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Near Banos Ecuador, cow killed by bovine rabies

A cow owned by Alejandro Villagomez, died in the community Illuchi, Baños de Agua Santa, affected by the bite of a bat rabies transmitted by cattle, as determined in the analysis made by Agrocalidad. “Before he died the vacon could not walk, he bent legs,” said Elena Tapia, daughter of Villagomez. In this situation, Alfonso […]

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Cuba registers vaccine in Peru for lung cancer

Cuban health authorities in Peru have registered a vaccine for lung cancer that has been tested with positive results in approximately 2,000 patients on the island, as reported by the press in the Caribbean country. CimaVax-EGF vaccine offers the possibility of converting the advanced cancer into a chronic controllable and began marketing in Cuba earlier […]

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Hospital suspends surgery in Puerto Escondido Mexico

The lack of potable water throughout the town population of the town of Puerto Escondido, has created a mess, this situation came to General Hospital and 30 beds Specialties coastal city, where the recent days have had to suspend operations and surgery for the lack of vital fluids. The medical unit director, Victor Manuel Ordaz […]

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Costa Rica: Two Spanish tourists die in vehicle accident on way to airport

Two Spanish tourists and the driver of a minibus Costa Rica in Costa Rica died when the vehicle they were riding fell off a cliff, officials said. A spokesman for the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) confirmed the accident and identified the Spanish and Canduena Daniel Garcia and Enrique Castro Martín and Manuel Guillén Rican and […]

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Venezuelan Government Confronts Milk Hoarding

Since confronting Italian company Parmalat over its hoarding of milk last week, and fining Swiss transnational Nestle for the same, the Venezuelan institution Indepabis has announced that it is going on the offensive to get hoarded milk to the people. Read Article

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Mexico: nearly 2 million farm animals killed in worst drought, 70 years

The northern states of Mexico are suffering its worst drought since the government began keeping records of rainfall for 70 years. Crops have withered and some 1.7 million farm animals have died. The five states most affected are the north, a region that is burned under the same drought that severely affects Texas north of […]

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Lower quality of life may contribute to Chile’s worsening suicide numbers

The “health Panorama 2011″ in which our country is compared with the 34 member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) noted that Chile has the second greatest increase in mortality rate suicide , increasing 54.9% from 1995 to 2009, leaving only after Korea. This means that for every 100 thousand inhabitants, […]

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Woman dies from Hantavirus in Chiriqui, Panama

He died the 40-year-old who was hospitalized in the intensive care room Rafael Hernández Hospital in the city of David, Chiriquí, whose preliminary tests indicated that she was sick of Hantavirus. The woman died in the early hours of yesterday, Friday, as a result of complications presented by the disease. Read Article

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Ecuador: Nearly 500 cattle properties at high risk for hoof and mouth disease

At least 479 farms were classified as “high risk” by the Ecuadorian Agency for Quality Assurance Agro (Agrocalidad), responsible for defining and implementing policy and regulation and control of the productive activities of agriculture in Ecuador. Most farms, mainly located on the border with Peru, outbreaks of FMD. The information was used to focus the […]

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Colombia, seven departments under red alert for landslides, flooding

The affected regions are Antioquia and Choco in the north, Caldas, Tolima and Quindio located in the central west of Valle and Nariño, Southwest, whose municipalities are facing serious risks of landslides and floods in the rivers flows The intense winter living in Colombia has forced authorities to declare a red alert in seven of […]

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El Salvador, 311 sexual assualts between January and August

A total of 311 sexual assault cases have been reported in the country from January to August 18, according to records handled by the Institute for the Advancement of Women (ISDEMU). The figure is based on a consolidated care conducted by the National Civil Police, prosecutors and hospitals. Sexual assault is the second of violence […]

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Mexico: Two Deaths from Dengue in Veracruz

Veracruz’s Health Department has reported two deaths due to dengue in the state, according to Milenio. The deaths were both caused by the deadlier hemorrhagic form of the disease. The victims passed away in hospitals in the cities of Veracruz and Poza Rica, but resided in smaller towns in the southern part of the state. […]

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Argentina: Highest alcohol consuming nation in South America

The World Health Organization released recent figures placing Argentina, Guyana and Ecuador as the top three alcohol consuming nations in South America, according to andes.inco.ec. The report shows that the average person over 15 in the Americas consumes 8.7 liters of alcohol per year, 40% more that the global average of 6.2 liters a year. […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: More Deaths Due to Altered Alcohol

ElComercio.com reports six people from the Cuencan parishes of Octavio Cordero, Banos and Victoria del Portete have died during the weekend and today, Monday August 15th from what officials believe is ingesting altered alcohol. Officials say the alcohol was purchased in Cuenca. Four of the deceased are from the same family and are believed to […]

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Mexico: 1 out of Every 3 Teens are Obese

According to the National Health and Nutrition Inquest, 29% of all Mexican adolescents suffer from obesity, Yucatan News reports. The World Health Organizations classifies obesity as a “worldwide epidemic,” affecting 300 million adults and 42 million children worldwide. 2.6 million people die each year from obesity and illnesses caused by the disease. The high rate […]

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Buenos Aires, Argentina home to over 6 thousand illegal food vendors

The capital city of Buenos Aires is home to 6250 street-side food stalls selling anything from hot dogs, hamburgers, fruits and vegetables, to homemade empanadas, fresh squeezed orange juice and a variety of local snacks. According to infobae.com, only 40 of these food vendors are legal. A law regulating street food venders was passed in […]

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Puno, Peru: 48 Children Die of Pneumonia Due to Low Temperatures

According to RPP.com.pe young children, under the age of 5 are dying due to low temperatures in the Puno region. The director of the Office of Epidemiology of the Regional Health Office in Puno says in the 30th week they have recorded 48 deaths of children 5 years old and younger. Reportedly, Juliaca has the […]

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Mexico: Dengue Reduced by 80% in Oaxaca

Incidences of dengue in the state of Oaxaca have been reduced by 80% in comparison to 2010, with only 225 cases reported compared to last year’s 1,136, Ciudania Express reports. Oaxaca Health Services (SSO) is attributing the reduction to increased measures by the agency and residents to combat the disease. The agency has treated 494,609 […]

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Manabi, Ecuador: Ammonia Leak in Plant Affects About 30 People

According to ElUniverso.com about 30 people in the community of El Verdun in the Tosagua canton in Manabi were affected by an ammonia leak in a shrimp plant that was closed 12 years ago. Authorities say the incident was reported on Tuesday, August 2nd around 6 a.m. when people were beginning to suffer symptoms from […]

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Los Olivos, Peru: Factory Gas Leak Emergency Affecting About 300 People

According to RPP.com.pe a gas leak alarm sounded in the Farmagro factory located in Los Olivos on the 60th block on Alfredo Mendiola Avenue. Officials say emergency personnel, firefighters and paramedics responded to the alarm, which affected about 300 people. The gas composition is identified as methionine, composed by a mixture of sulfur and phosphorus. […]

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Colca Valley, Peru: Belgian Tourist Injured After Ravine Fall

According to RPP.com.pe a Belgian tourist, Carl Carpentier was transferred to the Honorio Delgado Espinoza Hospital in Arequipa after falling into a ravine in the Coca Valley in the Caylloma province. Officials say Carpentier arrived in the Colca Valley yesterday, Monday August 1st, and was on his way to Arequipa when he fell into a […]

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Imbabura, Ecuador: One Week, 137 Indigenous Peoples Suffering Food Poisoning

According to ElUniverso.com in one week 137 people have contracted food poisoning from eating bad food in the canton of Imbabura. Health officials say the first cases of food poisoning occurred eight days ago when 58 people came down with salmonella poisoning after eating infected red meat in a local meat restaurant. The second case […]

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Chiclayo, Peru: Pest Control Campaign in Rural Areas, Hantavirus Outbreak

RPP.com.pe reports that Peruvian health officials have issued a health warning in three provinces in the region of Chiclayo due to the outbreak of the Hantavirus. Health officials of the regional office in Lambayeque have initiated pest control campaigns, coordinated with municipal districts for the rural zone that houses a high population of Peruvians. Health […]

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Dengue takes 29 lives in Paraguay

In a news conference this morning the Institute of Social Welfare (IPS) reported that there have been 11,103 confirmed cases of dengue fever in Paraguay so far this year, per abc.com.py. They also reported that the illness has caused 29 deaths. Of those that presented with dengue, 54% visited the doctor due to respiratory infections […]

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Mexico: 30% of Adults Have High Blood Pressure

A specialist from the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) has announced that 30% of Mexico’s population over the age of 18 suffers from hypertension, El Universal reports. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is known as the “silent killer” as it does not show any symptoms during its initial phase and needs an early diagnosis […]

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Mexico: Counterfeiting of Alcoholic Beverages Proposed as Felony

Leonardo Urbina, a legislator from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), has proposed reforms to the Mexico City Penal Code to make counterfeiting of alcoholic beverages a felony, El Universal reports. There are mafias in Mexico City who exist only to recycle empty bottles, refill them and make counterfeit holograms and seals of authenticity then sell […]

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Azuay and Tungurahua, Ecuador: More Deaths Due To Altered Alcohol

According to ElComercio.com, authorities in Azuay and Tungurahua provinces confirmed the death of four people from methanol in alcohol on Monday July 25th. Officials say this bring the total methanol-alcohol related deaths to 32. Health officials in Los Rios say they have recorded 20 deaths due to alcohol containing methanol. Cuencan health officials’ say three […]

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Measles Health Alert Dismissed in State of Mexico

The State of Mexico Health Institute (ISEM) has disqualified a possible health alert in the state due to the measles epidemic in Europe and the United States, El Sol de Mexico reports. The cases detected in Mexico do not currently present a potential threat to public health, the institute says. In addition, the state of […]

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Measles Epidemic Threatens Two Million People in Mexico City

The head of the Epidemiology Department of Mexico’s Ministry of Health, Hugo López-Gatel, estimates that between 1.8 and 2.2 million people are at risk for measles because they have not been vaccinated, RIA Novosti reports. The country first reported the risk of an epidemic in the middle of June. On July 20, federal health authorities […]

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Tulcan, Ecuador: Falsified Pills Found in Raids

ElNorte.ec reports on Tuesday, July 19th altered medication was found in two houses in the south of Tulcan by the Ecuadorian National Police. Officials say a secret lab was also discovered. Police say tools and equipment for the manufacturing of altered medication were found in the two places. Additionally, police say in the first location […]

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Santa Domingo, Ecuador: Found Methanol Contaminated Alcohol

According to ElComercio.com the Provincial Health Department in Santa Domingo has confirmed that one of the four samples sent to the National Institute of Hygiene, Izquieta Perez, in Quito, has tested positive for methanol. The provincial director says the alcohol was from Alluriquin and that officials have been notified in order to proceed with investigations. […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Two Dead from Methanol Poisoning in Alcohol

According to ElComercio.com the Department of Health in Azuay confirmed the second death related to the poisoning of industrial alcohol. The Department also says that there are another two suspicious cases of alcohol poisoning being investigated. Officials say an autopsy of a resident of Cuenca has been completed and fluid tests found the presence of […]

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Argentine researches discover toxic fish in Uruguay River

Researchers from the University of Buenos Aires have found traces of toxic substances, some of which can be traced back to common pesticides, in fish in the Uruguay River, reports Agencia EFE per epa.com. Officials call the discovery of these toxins a wake up call for Argentina and Uruguay to enforce and deliver harsher punishments […]

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Ecuador: Alcohol Prohibition Continues for 72 Hours in Los Rios

According to ElComercio.com the Ecuadorian government is extending the ‘Dry Law’ in the province of Los Rios. Officials say the law will be extended for an additional 72 hours, until Saturday, in the province where 20 people have died from altered liquor. Health authorities in Guayas province confirmed that another fatality occurred in the province […]

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Ecuador: 25 People Dead From Altered Alcohol

ElUniverso.com reports the Minister of Public Health announced on Tuesday, July 19th 25 people are dead from drinking altered alcohol, containing methanol in Ecuador. The vice-Minister of Health says the one of the latest deaths occurred in Milagro. He adds that blood tests are being administered to determine the amount of methanol in each person. […]

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Mexico: IMSS Warns Population to Prevent Spread of Dengue

The Tabasco branch of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) issued a health warning to the population to pay special attention to dengue symptoms this rainy season, Milenio reports. Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, bloody nose, vomiting and diarrhea. There are two types of dengue – classic and hemorraghic. The hemorraghic causes internal […]

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Otavalo, Ecuador: Police Confiscate 4,000 Liters of Rum

According to ElComercio.com Imbabura police confiscated 4,000 liters of rum in Otavalo on Monday, July 18th. National Police Commissioner Marianita Montalvo confirmed the report. The head of Imbabura police, Danilo Espinosa says operations of control will take place throughout the province for liquor sales that are not authorized. An owner of a liquor store where […]

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Mexico: Breast Cancer Mortality Rate Declines over Past Four Years

Between 2005 and 2009, the mortality rate for breast cancer decreased from 17.9 to 10.8 deaths for every 100,000 women ages 25 and older, El Sol de Mexico reports. The mortality rate for cervical-uterine cancer has also gone down, from 17.8 to 9.1 deaths per 100,000, according to the National Institute for Statistics and Geography […]

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Ecuador: Health Officials Offer Two Hypotheses for Alcohol Contamination

According to ElUniverso.com the meeting of Ecuadorian heath officials over the past weekend ended with two hypotheses concerning the altered alcohol that has cause 24 deaths in Ecuador. The first hypothesis is that the person who is responsible for making the alcohol is badly educated on how alcohol is made. The second is that the […]

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Ecuador: Wine Company Closed in Tungurahua Due to Methanol Contamination

According to ElComercio.com the Police Commissioner of Tungurahua, Ivan Rios, confirmed that a wine company was closed after primary analysis confirmed that the alcohol contained methanol. The closure comes after the wife of a contaminated alcohol victim confirmed that her husband had fallen ill after consuming wine from this establishment. In a Twitter message, the […]

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ALERT: Ecuadorian Health Ministry Bans Consumption of Alcohol, 72 Hours

According to ElComercio.com the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health issued a Dry Law, no alcohol consumption, for 72 hours via Twitter. The Ministry issued the decree at 6 p.m. on Sunday July 17th, effective for the entire country. The Ministry says the time-period allows for investigators to inspect alcohol for suspected contamination. Authorities say 21 people […]

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Argentina, abortion controversy in Congress this week

Pro-life organizations and the Consortium of Catholic Doctors lobbied the National Congress of Argentina this week against abortion after the president of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) and the United Nations Organization proposed sexual and reproductive health legislation legalizing abortion, according to intereconomia.com. The IACHR presented a report to support their legislation claiming […]

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Los Rios, Ecuador: At Least 7 People Dead, Alcohol Intoxication

ElUniverso.com reports that seven people have died after purchasing bad alcohol in the Guayas province. Officials say that the two latest victims purchased alcohol in the parish of Ricaurte. Suspicion lies with the liquor purchased by all the victims, which officials’ say was altered. All seven victims have died within this past week, two people […]

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Peru: 25% of Pharmacies and Drug Stores Sell Psychotropic Drugs Without Prescription

According to Minda.gob.pe 25% of Peruvian pharmacies and drug stores sell drugs such as anti-depressants, sedatives, narcotics and other psychotropic drugs without prescriptions. The General Directorate of Medicines, Supplies and Drugs (Digemid) says that the official sales of these drugs are controlled, however the officials stress that these drugs can cause serious health problems, dependency […]

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Paraguayans suffer carbon-monoxide poisoning from hotel heaters in Argentina

Four Paraguayans were admitted to the Gumersindo Sayago Municipal Hospital in Villa Carlos Paz, Córdoba over the weekend with carbon-monoxide poisoning, according to abc.com.py. The tourists inhaled the poisonous gas from heaters in their hotel room. They were admitted to the hospital with nausea, headaches and stomachaches but discharged the next day. Read Article

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Ambato, Ecuador: Rains, River Flooding Cause Suspension of Water Services

According to ElUniverso.com torrential rains are causing problems for certain sectors of Ambato. Officials say that in some areas drinking water began to turn brown from mud run-off and in other sectors water service had to be suspended. In the sectors of Ingahurco, La Merced, part of Fico and barrios located on high-land had their […]

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Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador: Health Officials Declare Emergency, Dengue Outbreak

ElComercio.com reports that an urgent meeting was held last night, Monday July 11th that included the government of the Esmeraldas province, representatives of the Pan-American Organization of Health (OPS), Ministry of Health, and National Service of Malaria Eradication (SNME), over the outbreak of dengue in the capital of the Esmeraldas province. Authorities have declared a […]

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Guayaquil, Ecuador: Police Raid Storage Area, Find Stolen Medical Drugs

According to Cre.com.ec police and Guayas Prosecutor’s Office raided a sector of the Guayaquil bay on June 3rd, encountering a large amount of false and stolen medicines. Police say they also found large amounts of packaging, brochures, and altered labels for the medicines. The prosecutor Francisco Bodero says that the quantity of drugs were worth […]

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Mendoza, Argentina: Government Will Not Release Information on Flu Cases

According to LaVoz.com.ar the government of Mendoza will not report on the number of flu cases in their province. The Secretary of Health in Mendoza, Enrique Quesada confirmed the government’s decision on July 1st. Quesada says people should be more concerned with prevention and sanitary care than numbers of people who have fallen ill. Quesada […]

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Mexico: Dengue Vaccine Tested in Eastern Yucatan

One thousand children and adolescents in the towns of Valladolid and Tizimín will be vaccinated this month with a new drug that is purported to immunize against dengue, SIPSE reports. The vaccine is administered in three parts over the course of one year; the first dose will be given this week to 500 children between […]

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Ambato, Ecuador: Areas Without Water For 4 Days, Ends Friday

According to ElComercio.com thousands of residents in eight parishes and villages located in the northwest of Ambato have been without drinking water since the night of Tuesday July 5th. The Private Municipal Enterprise for Water and Sewage in Ambato (EP EMAPA) has suspended operation while technicians waterproof reservoir tanks located in Atahualpa and Unamuncho. The […]

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Mexico: Health Alert for Dengue

W Radio reports: • Department of Heath expects an increase in cases of dengue in coming months • 1850 cases of dengue have already been reported this year; 5 deaths have been recorded • More than 8000 cases were reported last year; health officials state that more cases are always reported in the second half […]

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H1N1 victim dies in Mendoza, Argentina

A 29-year-old woman died today in Mendoza, Argentina of the H1N1 virus, making her the second fatality of the flu this year in the province, according to lavoz.com.ar. The woman was admitted to the Diego Paroissien Hospital in Maipú, Mendoza on June 10th for pneumonia symptoms; she was pregnant at the time. It was later […]

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Quito, Ecuador: Shortage of Antiretroviral Drugs

ElComercio.com reports that there is a shortage of HIV-AID drugs in Ecuador. Health officials report that prescriptions of antiretroviral drugs such as Lamivudine, Abacavir and Kaletra are not being filled at special pharmacies that are supposed to carry these expensive drugs. Non-governmental organizations report that 10% of the 1,000 members of the organization Caminos de […]

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H1N1 flu in Mendoza, Argentina

The government of Mendoza, Argentina, where there have been 54 confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu virus, has announced that they will no longer release data on the amount of cases, according to the Secretary of Health, per lavoz.com.ar. Officials hope to shift the focus from the number of cases to prevention and care. The […]

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Social decay in Argentina

As a new presidential race grows near, many in Argentina are critical and skeptical of what their leaders are doing to better the Argentine society, says 927digital.com.ar. With 4 million people living below the poverty line, 6% of the population suffering from malnutrition and a rising inflation that increases the gap between the rich and […]

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Peru, Increased Cold, More Deaths Due to Pneumonia

According to Peru21.pe pneumonia and respiratory infection cases are on the rise for young children in Peru. Unlike previous years, the jungle regions are more affected than the south. The director of epidemiology for the Ministry of Health says that in Loreto 22 deaths of children under the age of five were recorded in 2011. […]

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11-year-old boy electrocuted in Córdoba, Argentina

An 11-year-old boy was brought to the Children’s Hospital in Córdoba early last night after stepping on a live electrical wire on Villa Posse Street, according to lavoz.com.ar. The boy suffered severe burns and was in shock when brought to the hospital. For now he remains lucid and hasn’t had any hemodynamic or cardiac issues. […]

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