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Ecuador: Group of Cuban Doctors ask for end of xenophobia and end to medical missions

martinoticias.commartinoticias.com / In an open letter to the opposition presidential candidates, the Cuban X Movement candidates called for the closure of the agreements signed by the current president Rafael Correa and Raúl Castro.

The X-Movement Cuba (MXC), which groups health professionals born on the island and based in Ecuador, asked candidates opposed to the government of Rafael Correa not to exacerbate “xenophobia” against Cubans , and to end The medical missions of Cuban doctors in that country.

The organization’s vice president, Dr. Michel Larrondo , told Martí Noticias that the campaign of some opposition candidates discriminates against Cuban doctors , perhaps in a strategy to win the vote of Ecuadorian doctors, who perceive Cubans as a competition.

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“We are only trying to survive, and often the places that are occupied are specialists here (in Ecuador) there is no neurology or otorhinolaryngology,” Larrondo told journalist Yolanda Huerga. Read Article

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Ecuador: Prosecutor opens up case in apparent gas poisoning event shrimp packing company

eluniverso.com reported a total of 62 people were treated at Santa Teresita hospitals in the Santa Rosa district, Arenillas hospital, IESS hospital and Teófilo Dávila de Machala. These people would have inhaled some kind of gas while doing their work in a shrimp packing company in Puerto Jelí, canton Santa Rosa, last Friday. According to […]

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Ecuador: Grim Reaper’s lead singer released from hospital after amputation

loudwire.com reported there’s good news for Grim Reaper vocalist Steve Grimmett, as the singer has been released from a hospital in Ecuador after recently having his leg amputated to combat an aggressive infection. Grimmett spent nearly a month in the hospital, and he’s now checked in with fans to let them know he’ll be returning […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador, other coastal areas increased numbers of mosquitoes

Mosquitoes ‘more than in other years’ eluniverso.com reported (machine translated)….They hum in the ears, they lie on their arms, they stick on the legs of those who do not wear pants. Pican. They are stuck to the walls or scuffed in the rooms. They are in downtown areas, in the urbanizations of the road to […]

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Yellow Fever Alert for Brazil, spreads to major population areas

Brazil on high alert as yellow fever threatens major cities theguardian.com reported Health ministry ramps up vaccination campaign but cautions against ‘disinformation’, as disease spreads to areas where it is not normally found Brazil has ramped up an emergency yellow fever vaccination campaign as the worst outbreak in decades spreads towards major population centres, killing […]

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Ecuador: 16 percent of deaths occur from cancer, number of cases increase

IN THE LAST THREE DECADES, NUMBER OF CANCER CASES TRIPLE lahora.com.ec reported About 16% of all deaths in Ecuador occur from cancer. According to the most recent data in 2015, 10,000 people died. This disease is the second leading cause of death behind cardiovascular disease, according to Patricia Cueva, director of Solca’s national tumors registry. […]

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Ecuador: Neurological Manifestations from Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue virus

Zika Virus, Chikungunya Virus, and Dengue Virus in Cerebrospinal Fluid from Adults with Neurological Manifestations, Guayaquil, Ecuador Citation: Acevedo N, Waggoner J, Rodriguez M, Rivera L, Landivar J, Pinsky B and Zambrano H (2017). Zika Virus, Chikungunya Virus, and Dengue Virus in Cerebrospinal Fluid from Adults with Neurological Manifestations, Guayaquil, Ecuador. Front. Microbiol. 8:42. doi: […]

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Ecuador: 16 Billion spent in public health sector last ten years

telesurtv.net The amount represents 8 times the investment under administrations between 2000 and 2006. Ecuador has invested more than US$16 billion in the public health sector during the last 10 years, President Rafael Correa said Thursday. “It’s a very well-invested amount of money,” he said during the inauguration of the Hospital of Sigchos and a […]

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Ecuador: Minister of Health executes preventive measures against infectious illnesses during winter

zika, dengue and chikungunya concerns andes.info.ec Quito, Jan 10 (ANDES) .- The Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador carries out some prevention actions to protect the population from infectious and viral diseases that are more frequent during the winter season, including influenza and also zika, Dengue and chikungunya, which are transmitted by the mosquito bite […]

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Analysis of Suicide in Ecuador: 71.27% were men, 28.73% women in 2011

Deaths by Suicide in Ecuador: A Quantitative Data Analysis Narcisa Marisol Sarmiento Sarmiento Ana Maribel Paredes Proaño Efstathios Stefos School of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador 2 Proyecto Prometeo, Quito, Ecuador Correspondence: Efstathios Stefos, School of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Faculty of Exact […]

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Ecuador: maternal mortality 87 deaths per 100,000

How much are Ecuadorians Willing to Pay to Reduce Maternal Mortality? Results from a Pilot Study on Contingent Valuation ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/María Isabel Roldós, MPA, MA, DrPH,1 Phaedra Corso, PhD,2 and Justin Ingels, PhD2 Abstract Context: There is an established association between the provision of health care services and maternal mortality. In Ecuador, little is known if […]

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Ecuador: A serious look at Hospital Care

gringotree.com/Russ Reina Getting Flexible / Hospital Care in Ecuador It really doesn’t matter if you believe you’re fully covered when you find out that if your spouse is to get a blood transfusion, YOU still have to get the blood and pay for it! Be prepared to roll with the punches to get what you […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: 22 year old model dies after cosmetic surgery

22-year-old model dies after cosmetic surgery in Guayaquil extra.ec reported Melanie Montenegro Johanna Robles, a model and actress, 22, had arrived from Quito to Guayaquil on Friday 23 December, with the intention of having cosmetic surgery that did not come out alive. According specified Edwin Montenegro, the girl ‘s father, they received the news of […]

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Heart Disease Number one cause of death in Ecuador

elcomercio.com reported in Ecuador, according to the World Health Organization ( WHO ), these are the leading cause of death. Ischemic heart disease are in first place with a total share of 10.3% of the deaths recorded in 2012. On the other hand, cardiac arrest (also related to cardiovascular problems) correspond to 7.7% of the […]

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Galapagos Islands Ecuador: Tourist from Switzerland Missing, Search is on

San Cristobal Galapagos Islands Ecuador eluniverso.com reported that the The Captainship of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and the Naval Base of San Cristóbal are looking for a Swiss tourist reported missing since Sunday on the island of San Cristobal de Galapagos. The foreigner has been identified as Othmar Lauber, 62. Reyna Luisa Lauber, a relative of […]

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Manabi Province Ecuador: Increase cases of Leishmaniasis (parasite infection)

Increases leishmaniasis in Manabi cantons eldiario.ec reported The health professional, who works at the local hospital, detailed that it is Leishmaniasis, disease caused by a parasite. He added that in Paján five cases have been diagnosed so far this year; While in 2015 there were only two. The affected patients, he said, are from sectors […]

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E-Waste Informal Recycling: An Growing Source of Lead Exposure in South America

Antonio Pascale, MD , Adriana Sosa, MD , Cristina Bares, PhD , Alejandra Battocletti, MD , María José Moll, MD , Darío Pose, MD , Amalia Laborde, MD , Hugo González, Lic. in Geol. , Gabriella Feola, MSc annalsofglobalhealth.org Abstract Background Primitive electronic waste (e-waste) recycling creates exposures to several hazardous substances including lead. In […]

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Cuenca, Ecuador: Study says poor adherence to WHO surgical safety checklist

annalsofglobalhealth.org/ S. Beache , J.C. Puyana / Perceptions and adherence to the World Health Organization surgical safety checklist in Cuenca, Ecuador 1 Year post-educational intervention Background Surgical safety is an emerging global health priority. The World Health Organization’s Surgical Safety Checklist has been shown to be effective in reducing adverse surgical outcomes in this context. […]

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Warning Pacific South America: Vampire Bat Rabies Outbreak Expected 2020

Scientists warn of threat to livestock, human health and wildlife conservation in near future. ibtimes.co.uk reported an outbreak of vampire bat rabies is expected to hit parts of South America within the next four years, scientists have warned. Using genetic evidence and models indicating viral spread, researchers have stated countries on the Pacific coast should […]

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Ecuador: 928,000 opt-out not to donate organs on cedula

928 thousand Ecuadorians have opted not to donate their organs eluniverso.com reported in 2016, 600 transplants have been performed It is always a question of time. A race against. First is the time that is expected and wanted to extend so that a life does not die out. Then there is the one that presses, […]

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Mexico still trying to eradicate leprosy, 70 new cases so far in 2016

excelsior.com.mx/Laura Toribio reported leprosy is quiet and lurks; add 70 new cases this year Although in recent decades the incidence of this disease has been declining, Mexico has failed to eradicate this evil; ignorance and stigma, the main reasons Leprosy is a disease that could not be completely eliminated in our country. While this bad […]

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Ecuador at level II alert for Zika Virus transmission per CDC

CDC.GOV – Alert – Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions – ECUADOR ZIKA VIRUS Note: This travel notice was updated on October 17, 2016, to include updated guidance for people planning to conceive and guidance to prevent sexual transmission of Zika. Public health officials have reported that mosquitoes in Ecuador are infected with Zika virus and […]

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Russia plans to build vaccine plant in Ecuador

rbth.com reported Russia’s ministry of health plans to expand cooperation with Central and Latin American countries in the area of production of vaccines and build a vaccine plant in Ecuador, Russian Minister of Health Veronika Skvortsova said on Oct. 23. “There are such plans. Our colleagues offer options for vaccine production branches in Central America. […]

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El Salvador: Women serving prison terms for abortions they said they never had

thedailybeast.com/Nina Strochlic Inside the women’s prison in El Salvador, set on the outskirts of the capital in a dangerous neighborhood called Ilopango, at least 21 women are serving sentences for abortions they say they never had. All of these women claim they are jailed for miscarrying their babies. In the prison’s leafy courtyard, a petite […]

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Latin America: Expats Devise Ways to Meet Emergency Needs for Blood

By Karen Catchpole / blogs.wsj.com Oct 5, 2016 10:54 am ET In 2010, Susan Netherton, a U.S. expat who was living near Lake Chapala in Mexico, found herself in a medical emergency. She needed a blood transfusion after a surgery-induced infection, but there was no match in the hospital’s blood bank for her O-negative blood. […]

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Ecuador: Neglected tropical diseases

Epidemiology of Tropical Neglected Diseases in Ecuador in the Last 20 Years Monica Cartelle Gestal,Alina Maria Holban,Santiago Escalante, Marcelo Cevallos Abstract Background journals.plos.org / Tropical and zoonotic diseases are major problems in developing countries like Ecuador. Poorly designed houses, the high proportion of isolated indigenous population and under developed infrastructure represent a fertile environment for […]

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Review of Emergency Department of a Rural Hospital in Ecuador (Paper)

Emergency Department of a Rural Hospital in Ecuador Tara Johnson, MD, MPH,* David Gaus, MD, MPH/TM,† and Diego Herrera, MD‡ ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ There is a paucity of data studying patients and complaints presenting to emergency departments (EDs) in low- and middle-income countries. The town of Pedro Vicente Maldonado (PVM) is located in the northwestern highlands of […]

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Ecuador: Medical Malpractice Options

gringotree.com/Sara Chaca reported… Ah, beautiful, dreamy, wonderful Ecuador. Amid all the enchanting scenery, wildlife, mountains, beaches and culture to write home about, one might also ask: what’s to be done when “life happens?”, when one’s seemingly “amable” (the Spanish word for “friendly”) Ecuadorian doctor turns a routine procedure into a medical nightmare? As an Ecuadorian […]

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Ecuador: Group to assist in saving snakebite victims

laht.com reported quick action can save the life of someone bitten by a poisonous snake, but in some remote areas of Ecuador it can take six to seven hours to get medical attention and that, unfortunately, can lead to amputation and even death. This Andean country, which imports snakebite serums from countries like Costa Rica […]

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Ecuador: Caesarean births up 60 percent in 8 years, possible motivation, financial gain

While you are paid more doctors for a natural delivery that a Caesarean section, doctors promote the latter because they can make more and earn more money. The Universe. Ecuador has an average rate of 41% of caesarean sections, according to the National Health and Nutrition Survey 2012 published by the INEC. This type of […]

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Ecuador: New Treaty to help visually impaired with exceptions to copyrighted material

Quito, Aug 22 Prensa Latina reported The Treaty of Marrakech will benefit over 280 thousand visually disabled persons in Ecuador, playing an important role in tyhe promotion of the pact which should become valid next September 30. Together with Brazil, Paraguay and Mexico, Ecuador was one of the original supporters of the agreement, ratified in […]

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Study Ranks Ecuador 40 out of 80 countries in dealing with quality of death care

Eluniverso.com reported that the British firm, Economist Intelligence Unit has rated 80 countries regarding the quality of care during death. Ecuador was ranked 40th. Accessibility of palliative medicine, environment, human resources and participation were elements of the study. In Latin America there were 15 countries studied. Ecuador ranked 7th after Chile, Costa RIca, Panama, Argentina, […]

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Guatemala: 49 cases of Zika virus registered in past three weeks

The first case of a birth defect linked to the Zika virus has been registered in Guatemala. MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – According to Mejia, a total of 49 Zika cases have been registered in Guatemala in the past three weeks.   “We have also detected the first case of microcephaly compatible with Zika,” Carlos Mejia, head of the infectious diseases […]

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Ecuador: Petition filed requesting to decriminalize abortion

Many Ecuadorean women have been forced to carry pregnancies that are the product of rape. telesurtv.net reported the Ecuadorian National Assembly received on Thursday a petition asking it to decriminalize abortion in the country. The Bar Association in Quito presented a text in which they ask the assembly to analyze the decriminalization of abortion in […]

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Peru: Woman enters hospital for kidney stones, leaves without hands and feet

BOTCHED TREATMENT CAUSES INFECTION LEADING TO AMPUTATION EXTRA.EC/AFP REPORTED Peru investigates the case of a woman who came to a state hospital for treatment of kidney stones and was discharged with hands and feet amputees due to an infection in the extremities alleged medical malpractice. Shirley Melendez, 25, denounced doctors Guillermo Almenara ESSALUD (social security) […]

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Baby born in Texas dies from Zika virus after mother traveled to Latin America

dailymail.co.uk reported Zika baby death in Texas: Girl born with microcephaly after her mother traveled to Latin America has died Child was born in Harris County on Tuesday, died shortly after She had microcephaly and shrunken head – birth defects related to Zika 15 babies have been born with Zika in the US, 6 pregnancies […]

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Ecuador declares Malaria outbreak in areas along Peru border

Elpais.com reported that 100 new cases detected in the last two weeks a malaria outbreak. 100 new cases have been confirmed in the last two weeks prior to August 6, 2016. The Ministry of Health established epidemiological surveillance along the eastern border with Peru. New infections have been detected in ZamoraChinchipe and Pastaza. Border controls […]

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Increase in Cyclospora cases appear to be linked to travel in Mexico

gov.uk Investigations are ongoing after an increase in cases of food and water bug, Cyclospora, associated with travellers returning from Mexico. Public Health England (PHE) is advising people planning on travelling to the Riviera Maya coast in Mexico to be aware of the risk of infection from a food and water bug, Cyclospora. PHE is […]

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Planning for health situations as you age, Aging Bravely: Shut Up and Stop Your Whining Paperback

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Assisted Living Facility Salinas Ecuador, Chipipe Villa

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Ecuador one of ten countries in Latin America selling paint with lead

Eluniverso.com reported Ecuador is one of the ten countries in Latin America where still sold paint plomo(lead) according to a report by the AGEPP, a joint cooperative initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Program for Environment Programme (UNEP), which was presented in May and showing the magnitude of the […]

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Ecuador: 11,512 dengue cases reported, 1,528 confirmed cases of chikungunya

Chikungunya Ecuador Tropical Diseases International Health South America elcolombiano.co/EFE reported aA total of 11,512 dengue cases were recorded in Ecuador, where there are 1,528 confirmed cases of chikungunya, according to reports from the Ministry of Public Health. According to the statistics of that institution, the province of Manabi, on the coast, reported 4,348 dengue cases, […]

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Trivia: Ecuador location for first attempted hand transplant in the world in 1964

pubs.royle.com reported hand surgeons are often called upon to reattach severed parts. Fingers, thumbs, hands, and forearms have all been successfully replanted since the initial reports of arm replantation by Malt and McKhann in 1962 2,3 and thumb replantation by Kamatsu and Tamai in 1968.4 Hand transplantation was a natural extension of this technical procedure […]

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Ecuador: Manabi Province reporting highest number of Zika, Dengue cases

eldiario.ecreported a rose 1,106 the number of infected by the virus Zika in Ecuador, according to a report issued today by the Ministry of Public Health (MSP), which notes that, in those cases, 73 correspond to pregnant women. Manabi, with 940 cases, four of them imported, is the province most reported infected with the virus, […]

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Suicide Ever Increasing sign of crisis, disaster in Venezuela

PANAMPOST.com / Orlando Avendaño wrote gaining access to suicide rates in Venezuela is difficult. If you go to a morgue such as that of Bello Monte in Caracas, neither family members nor officials will admit there are any cases in which people ended their lives to escape their circumstances. The last time official numbers detailed […]

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Zika Virus not only concern for visitors to olympics, be aware of chikungunya virus

outbreaknewstoday.com reported while so much attention has been placed the Zika virus epidemic and to a lesser extent dengue fever in Brazil this year, another virus transmitted by the Aedes mosquito is being reported at a nearly 10 times amount compared to the first five months of the year in 2015. According to a g1.globo.com […]

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Central America, South America, Influenza Activity Increased Steadily over last several weeks

In temperate countries in the southern hemisphere, influenza activity increased steadily in the last few weeks in South America. WHO.INT reported In temperate South America, influenza-like illness (ILI), acute respiratory infection (ARI) and severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) cases continued to increase. Of the respiratory viruses detected, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 predominated. […]

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Ecuador: 1,106 confirmed cases of Zika Virus, 73 of victims are pregnant

Eluniverso.com reported the Health Minister Margarita Guevara, said Thursday that the country currently has recorded 1,106 cases of the Zika virus, transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito disease. Of that total infected, 73 are pregnant women, representing 6.60%. Guevara said that of those 73 cases, 10 babies have been born and are healthy. The incidence […]

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Study Claims Under Reporting of Chagas Disease in Ecuador, not controlled as previously claimed

Chagas Disease Has Not Been Controlled in Ecuador Citation: Dumonteil E, Herrera C, Martini L, Grijalva MJ, Guevara AG, Costales JA, et al. (2016) Chagas Disease Has Not Been Controlled in Ecuador. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0158145. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0158145 A recent study by Cartelle Gestal et al. reported an analysis of data from the Ministry of Public […]

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Impact Of Milk Based Micronutrient Supplementation On Zinc, Iron, and Vitamin A Deficiencies In School Children In Quito – Ecuador

Abstract fasebj.org/ Currently, the most common micronutrient deficiencies in Ecuador are: Zn, vitamin A, and Fe deficits in all age groups. These deficiencies have been associated with short stature, immune-defects, sight deficiency, anemia, and diminished cognitive performance. Several micronutrient supplementation programs have been implemented with limited impact. These programs have had poor acceptability by the […]

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Risk Factors Associated With HIV Among Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM) in Ecuador

Abstract – ONLY jmh.sagepub.com/ The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS estimates that between 0.3% and 0.7% of adults aged 15 to 49 years were living with HIV in Ecuador in 2013. However, very little is known about the HIV prevalence rate among men who have sex with men (MSM) in that country. A cross-sectional […]

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Ecuador: 74 deaths from H1N1 (Swine Flu) so far in 2016

business-standard.com reported a total of 74 people have died of swine flu in Ecuador, so far this year, the Ministry of Public Health said. Besides, the country has also seen 691 cases of swine flu in 2016, the ministry said on Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported. This number of victims is still lower than that […]

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Panama: Ambulance driver, staff robbed while in route to hospital with an injured patient

AMBULANCE IN ROUTE TO San Miguel Arcangel Hospital of San Miguelito PRENSA.COM REPORTED / According to information provided by the Sume 911 itself, the incident occurred at the intersection of Chilibre and motorway on June 13, 2016. On board were three ambulance Emergency Medical staff and a patient injured during a traffic accident, accompanied by […]

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Ecuador: H1N1 Flu Virus Impacted by Climate Change

ELCOMERCIO.COM reported… They repeated the tests over and over again, until you find the index case. Seven years ago, doctors Alfredo Bruno, Domenica de Mora and other researchers tried to identify the first frame of H1N1 influenza in the country. It was in May 2009. In that year, because of the pandemic, the team conducted […]

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Ecuador Begins H1N1 Flu Vaccination Program, number of cases increasing

Eluniverso.com reported… Thousands of Ecuadorians went Tuesday to the public health centers to be vaccinated against H1N1 flu, which has seen a resurgence in recent weeks and has left 593 infected and 57 dead so far this year. The government imported 300,000 doses of the vaccine. 100,000 doses are slotted for Pichincha province. THe remaining […]

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Brazil Olympics: Group urges olympic games to be postponed or moved from Rio de Janeiro (Zika Virus)

abc.com reported a group of 125 prominent scientists, doctors and medical ethicists released a letter calling for this summer’s Olympic Games to be postponed or moved from Rio de Janeiro due to the ongoing Zika virus outbreak in Brazil. In a letter directed to World Health Organization Director Dr. Margaret Chan, the group said that […]

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Peru: Illegal mining causes mercury pollution, emergency declared

phys.org reported Peru declared an environmental emergency on Monday in 11 Amazon jungle districts where mercury pollution blamed on unregulated gold mining is poisoning people and fish. Tests in the southeastern Madre de Dios region found “mercury pollution above the maximum permitted level, affecting river water, water species and local populations,” said a report announcing […]

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Ecuador: 135 confirmed Zika cases, nine are pregnant

elcomercio.com reported a total of 135 people, nine of them pregnant, are infected by the virus Zika in Ecuador, according to a report issued today by the Ministry of Health, who notes that there are 217 suspected cases. The greatest number of infected is reported in Manabi (48) and Esmeraldas (20), the provinces most affected […]

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Interview with psychologist working in Ecuador after the earthquake

Ecuador: Mental health after the earthquake Interview with Ionara Rabelo, MSF psychologist working in Ecuador 19 May 2016 Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) teams are providing psychological and logistical support to people in the areas affected by the 7.8 magnitude Ecuadorian earthquake on 16 April 2016. Health workers in the hardest-hit areas of Ecuador have felt […]

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Chagas Disease: A Ten Year Study (2004-2014)

Ten years (2004–2014) of Chagas disease surveillance and vector control in Ecuador: successes and challenges by Leonardo Quinde-Calderón1, Paulina Rios-Quituizaca2, Luis Solorzano and Eric Dumonteil Chagas disease, or American tripanosomiasis, is caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which is transmitted through the faeces of hematophagous insects of the triatomine family. Following a short acute […]

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Ecuador: H1N1 virus kills 39 since April 2016

HEALTH, SAFETY, SECURITY IN ECUADOR – READ THIS BOOK QUITO, May 11 (Xinhua) news.xinhuanet.com reported the influenza A virus subtype H1N1 has claimed the lives of at least 39 people in Ecuador since April, announced Public Health Minister, Margarita Guevara, on Wednesday. He told local newspapers that up till now 239 cases of affected patients […]

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Zika Virus: Causal Link established between virus and birth defects

LATIMES.com reported Until now, most Zika research has chronicled damage to newborns who were inadvertently, and haphazardly, exposed to the virus. Now scientists have taken a different tack: They have deliberately infected developing mice pups and tiny clusters of lab-grown brain cells so they could observe and measure the damage that ensued. The results of […]

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Ecuador: Minister of Public Health reports no epidemic outbreaks in disaster area

telesurtv.net reported the Minister of Public Health of Ecuador, Margarita Guevara, said that “there are no epidemics in the disaster area to date” and ruled out possible epidemiological tables. Government of Ecuador will sell assets to help victims “We are in our epidemiological phase, alert and attentive in monitoring to prevent outbreaks and preventable diseases,” […]

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Ecuador: Zika virus confirmed cases 97, suspected cases 171

Elcomercio April 29, 2016 The number of infected virus in Ecuador to Zik stood at 97, according to a report by the Ministry of Public Health indicates that there are 171 suspected cases of people with the disease. Two more than last week and patients are recorded among pregnant patients are eight, one more than […]

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Venezuela at risk of famine according to chamber group

miamidiario.com reported at the end of the first quarter of this year most companies affiliated with the Venezuelan Chamber of Industry Food ensures that accounts with an average of only 15 days of inventory of raw materials and inputs, national and international matters, affecting severely continuity of production. The union said in a statement that […]

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Ecuador Hospitals Preparing for Epidemic Phase after Earthquake

zocalo.com.mx REPORTED Ecuadorian hospitals are prepared to confront the epidemic phase that are specific disaster situations, as was the earthquake last April 16, which left nearly 600 dead. The medical director of the hospital Verdi Ceballos, Fredy Saldarriaga, in Puerto Viejo, one of the populations most affected by the quake on the northern coast of […]

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Oxfam staff in Ecuador working to provide water to 10,000 people after quake

oxfam.ca REPORTED – April 22, 2016 Oxfam staff in Ecuador are working with the government to establish the effective distribution system of safe water in Portoviejo and Pedernales, two of the communities worst hit by the 7.8 earthquake that struck the northern coast of the country on April 16th. Two tonnes of water pipes and […]

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Ecuador: Mosquito borne diseases “Immediate Threat” to survivors of quake

trtworld.com reported: Mosquito-borne diseases including the Zika virus and dengue fever pose an “immediate threat” to survivors of the devastating earthquake that hit Ecuador four days ago, an international charity said on Thursday. Efforts to help more than 24,000 people whose homes were destroyed or damaged by the 7.8 magnitude quake were hampered by heavy […]

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URGENT: Ecuador in need of critical blood types, O NEGATIVE, AB POSITIVE

URGENT: elcomercio.com reported the Ecuadorian Red Cross says it needs more O-negative and AB-positive blood for the earthquake victims. The Red Cross says normal demand is 300 pints a day. But after the quake, the need is for 900 pints.Critical blood types are first priority. Read Article JOIN ECUADOR EMERGENCY FACEBOOK GROUP

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Mexico: Man goes into surgery for hernia, leaves without one testicle

televisa.com reported The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) issued recommendation 14/2016, addressed to the Director General of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS). The measure was taken inadequate medical care to a patient, attributable to a doctor and responsible for safeguarding the clinical record of the victim, Medical Ambulatory Care Unit No.1 (umaa-1) Regional General […]

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Brazil buying up tickets for olympics to give them away, many tickets unsold

dailymail.co.uk – Brazil has resorted to buying up tickets for the Olympic Games and giving them away to children after it emerged that the majority remain unsold just four months before the event opens. The country is facing the embarrassing prospect of empty seats when Rio de Janeiro hosts the sporting extravaganza this summer. Ricardo […]

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Venezuela: Severe shortage of Cancer Treating Drugs

diariopinion.com / The Coalition of Organizations for the Right to Health and Life and doctors at University Hospital of Caracas demanding that the regime of Nicolas Maduro ensure the supply of drugs. There are 200,000 affected Patients with breast cancer urged the president of the Venezuelan Institute of Social Security (IVSS) to serve more than […]

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Gastrointestinal problems at high altitude

Anand AC, et al. Trop Gastroenterol. 2006 Oct-Dec. Show full citation Abstract ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ Gastrointestinal (GI) problems at high altitude are commonplace. The manifestations differ considerably in short-term visitors, long-term residents and native highlanders. Ethnic food habits and social norms also play a role in causing GI dysfuntion. Symptoms like nausea and vomiting are common manifestations […]

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Ecuador: 11 out 24 of the country’s provinces have confirmed cases of Zika Virus

elcomercio.com reported In Eleven of the 24 provinces have been confirmed affected by the virus Zika in Ecuador, which now totals 75 cases and investigates equal number of suspects, according to the Ministry of Public Health. According to that institution, there have been cases in Esmeraldas (2), Orellana (1), Chimborazo (1), Manabi (24), Santo Domingo […]

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Manabi Ecuador: Six cases of Swine Flue reported, one death

The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed Tuesday the existence of six cases of H1N1 flu (known as swine) in Manabi. Melva Morales, the area of ​​health monitoring, explained that three cases are presented in Manta, two in Montecristi and one in Portoviejo. See also: Health confirmed dead with H1N1 flu in Manabi Morales confirmed that […]

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Impact on the Elderly who visit high altitude regions

Benjamin D. Levine, MD; Julie H. Zuckerman, RN, RDMS; Christopher R. deFilippi, MD /circ.ahajournals.org Abstract Background More than 5 million people/year over age 60 visit high altitude, which may exacerbate underlying cardiac or pulmonary disease. We hypothesized that the elderly would exhibit an impaired functional capacity at altitude, with increased myocardial ischemia compared with sea […]

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Review of effects for those who live at high altitudes

Effects of Living at Higher Altitudes on Mortality: A Narrative Review Abstract ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Martin Burtscher – Beside genetic and life-style characteristics environmental factors may profoundly influence mortality and life expectancy. The high altitude climate comprises a set of conditions bearing the potential of modifying morbidity and mortality of approximately 400 million people who are permanently residing […]

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Manabi Ecuador: Yellow Fever, Flu Vaccinations administered to residents in area where howler monkeys died

Neptalí Palma, Eluniverso.com reported Until Thursday, 29 howler monkeys dead have been found in the La Solita, the Montecristi, Manabi, so the Ministry of Health (MOH) began a vaccination campaign against yellow fever and influenza, addressed to the people of the area annexed to the Wildlife Refuge Pacoche Coastal Marina. Edgar Peñafiel, zonal coordinator 4 […]

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Ecuador: Investigation in death of U.S. citizen Leslie Allison continues according to Shaman

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES IN DEATH OF YOUNG U.S. CITIZEN DURING AYUAHUASCA CEREMONY Aclaracion Tsunki Chiriap·Thursday, February 18, 2016 On behalf of Miguel Chiriap, we would like to make the following statement regarding the sad passing of our sister Leslie Allison: Miguel Chiriap is an uwishin, traditional Shuar healer, who has been practicing ancestral Shuar medicine for […]

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Leptospirosis common in tropical areas of Ecuador

Jorge Chiriboga, Verónica Barragan and others: CDC.gov Abstract Leptospira spp., which comprise 3 clusters (pathogenic, saprophytic, and intermediate) that vary in pathogenicity, infect >1 million persons worldwide each year. The disease burden of the intermediate leptospires is unclear. To increase knowledge of this cluster, we used new molecular approaches to characterize Leptospira spp. in 464 […]

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Colombia: More than 5,000 pregnant women infected with Zika virus

colombiareports.com reported more than 5,000 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the country’s national health institute said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas. Cases of the virus total 31,555, the institute said in a epidemiology bulletin, among them 5,013 pregnant women. Zika, which has spread […]

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U.S.: Doctoral Student from Ecuador making progress in detecting leptospirosis

news.nau.edu / Veronica Barragan, a doctoral student from Ecuador studying leptospirosis–a prevalent disease in her home country and an emerging one here in the United States–has made some strides in understanding the potentially deadly disease. The Northern Arizona University biology researcher discovered ways to detect the pathogen that is now used to understand how it […]

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Zika Virus Reignites Abortion Debate in Brazil

Rondoniadinamica.com reported the effects of Zika virus with regards to Brazil’s rigid anti-abortion laws. Zooming in on the Atlantic coastal city Recife, the hardest hit region in the country, the source examined situations women can expect to face now that the abortion debate has re-surfaced. Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly in newborn babies, […]

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Brazil: Party goes on for carnival despite threat of Zika virus

Millions of people across Brazil have joined the first day of the annual carnival festivities despite concerns about the outbreak of the Zika virus. bbc.com reported in Recife, the city most affected by the mosquito-borne disease, more than one million people in colourful costumes have been partying. In Rio de Janeiro, huge crowds of revellers […]

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Emergency Medical Services in rural areas of Ecuador; a Primer for Expats

As the author of several books on Ecuador, I spend a lot of time reviewing material on safety, security, and health in Ecuador. Russ Reina a retired paramedic from the U.S. who has lived in Cotacachi for several years has prepared the following primer for expats in Ecuador. I strongly recommend whether you live there […]

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Ecuador: Young U.S. woman dies in Ayahuasca ceremony in the jungle

Developing Story: Mystery in Ecuador: What happened to Leslie Allison in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador? Young woman from Texas who loved Ecuador dies while participating in Aayahuasca ceremony near Gualaquiza (Morona Santiago) Ecuador. 35 year-old Leslie Allison was a ray of light and a free spirit by any measure if you speak to anyone […]

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First Case of Zika contracted in U.S. sexually transmitted

First case of Zika virus contracted in US mainland, confirmed in Texas, is only second documented example of virus being passed through sexual contact theguardian.com reported officials in Texas have reported the first case of Zika contracted in the US mainland, and said that the virus was sexually transmitted. If confirmed, the case would be […]

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Ecuador deploys 700 troops to combat Zika virus

Telesurtv.net reported Ecuador’s government announced Thursday that hundreds of soldiers will work to kill infected mosquitos and teach communities how to prevent infection. Ecuador will send 700 troops to a coastal province to help the Health Ministry prevent the spread of the zika virus, which has already infected 22 Ecuadoreans and may have affected 67 […]

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Colombia: More than 2,000 pregnant women infected with Zika Virus

Colombia announced Saturday that more than 2,000 pregnant women have been infected with Zika, amid growing concern about the spread of the virus suspected of causing irreversible brain damage in newborns. The National Health Institute reported that Colombia now has 20,297 cases of Zika infection, including 2,116 in expectant mothers. The latest numbers, reported in […]

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Venezuela: Water Scarcity Contributing to Risk of Zika Virus

medicalexpress.com reported the scarcity of water is just one of a long list of headaches for the struggling South American oil giant, but it comes with a particularly nasty risk. As Venezuelans stockpile water in their homes, health officials warn, they risk fueling an expansion of the mosquito population, and with it the transmission of […]

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Recife Brazil: First Confirmed Death from Chikungunya

Chikungunya Virus Death paraiba.com.b reported the Hospital of the Restoration in Recife, Brazil’s first confirmed case of acute myositis caused by the chikungunya virus. Danielle Santana, 17, of Pernambuco Indian village of Xucururu, was the first person killed as a result of myositis in Brazil. According to the hospital staff, there are only four registration […]

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Zika Virus Raising Concerns about Summer Olypics in Brazil

NPR.org reported the spread of the Zika virus is raising concerns about the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which are only 189 days away. NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports that the International Olympic Committee is sending an advisory about the mosquito-borne virus to competitors. Here’s more from Lourdes: “The IOC says it will send advice […]

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WHO reports Zika virus likely to spread throughout the Americas

reuters.com reported the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil, is likely to spread to all countries in the Americas except for Canada and Chile, the World Health Organization said on Monday. Zika transmission has not yet been reported in the continental United States, although a […]

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Zika Virus: Health Officials Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador advise women to postpone pregnancy

telegraph.co.uk/AFP reported… Zika virus: women in Colombia, Ecuador and El Salvador advised to postpone pregnancy Recommendation made by countries’ health ministers after sharp increase in babies born with brain defects in Brazil as US extends travel warning for pregnant women Alarm over thousands of birth defects blamed on the mosquito-borne Zika virus spread on Friday […]

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Portoviejo Ecuador: Four suspected cases of Zika Virus

eluniverso.com reported health authorities in Manabi analyze and research zika four suspected cases in Portoviejo. This is an adult aged 65 and three teenagers, two men and a woman aged between 14 and 15 years, said Brucker Garcia, director of the Health District 1 manabita capital. He said that these cases have links with the […]

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Otavalo Ecuador: Hospital pioneered ‘vertical birth’ method for Indigenous women

oxfordjournals.org / Maternal mortality continues to claim the lives of thousands of women in Latin America despite the availability of effective treatments to avert maternal death. In the past, efforts to acknowledge cultural diversity in birth practices had not been clearly integrated into policy. However, in Otavalo (Ecuador) a local hospital pioneered the implementation of […]

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Health Alert Rio de Janeiro Brazil: Don’t count on emergency health care during the Olympics

telegraph.co.uk reported Olympic fans have been warned there will be no hospital beds for them if they get sick during Rio 2016 after a cash shortage plunged the city into a healthcare crisis. Some major hospitals have been forced to close their doors while even the most seriously ill patients cannot be admitted because of […]

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Zika Virus transmission reported in 17 countries in Latin America Region

Local Zika Transmission in the Americas Region paho.org/ reported countries and territories with autochthonous transmission reported. Epidemiological Week (EW) 17 of 2015 to EW 2 of 2016 Brazil Colombia Ecuador El Salvador French Guiana Guyana Guatemala Haiti Honduras Martinique Mexico Panama Puerto Rico Paraguay Saint Martin Suriname Venezuela Read Article

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Ecuador: Beauty Queen dies during liposuction procedure

Ecuadorian beauty queen died during liposuction procedure she won in contest nydailynews.com reported Catherine Cando, 19, initially refused the slimming medical procedure reasoning that she could work off the weight herself but she was pressured, her brother has claimed. Two doctors at the private clinic have since been arrested for negligence. Prosecutors suspect the teen […]

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Ecuador’s Healthcare System: Analysis and Opinion

If in the good times the State has taken the option of a public-private healthcare system, what will happen in lean times like now? Although the Ministry of Public Health has built new hospitals, few have the capacity to take in patients: the vast majority of them have no beds at all. At the same […]

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