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    03/12/2015 -

    Authorities of the Ministry of Health (MoH) reported Thursday December 3, it has been confirmed three cases of Zika virus in the region Guna Yala.

    It is young adults between 20 and 49, plus another 65 cases under study.



    Since March 2014, the MoH spoke of the possibility that the virus entered the country and the main vector is the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also transmits dengue and chikungunya virus.

    The MoH has asked citizens to eliminate breeding sites to prevent the virus from spreading.

    It was reported that on Friday December 4 Personal Health and Vector Control will visit the islands in Kuna Yala.

    They also asked the inhabitants of this area who do not leave for the city, for the monitoring to be set in place.


    Se trata de adultos y jóvenes entre los 20 y 49 años, además de otros 65 casos que están en estudios. Desde marzo de 2014, el Minsa habló de la...
    “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
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    Zika virus infection – Panama

    Disease Outbreak News

    5 December 2015


    On 2 December 2015, the National IHR Focal Point (NFP) of Panama notified PAHO/WHO of the first 3 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus disease.

    On 27 November, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Panama was informed of 68 patients with fever and exanthema in Ustupu island, Alligandi district, Guna Yala province. Serum samples were taken from 43 patients, 30 of whom were symptomatic, and sent for testing to the Commemorative Gorgas Institute for Health Studies.

    All samples, which were analyzed using the algorithm proposed by PAHO/WHO (see related links), resulted negative for dengue and chikungunya.

    Out of the samples taken from the 30 symptomatic patients, 3 tested positive for Zika virus by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The 3 laboratory-confirmed cases are females aged 29, 48, and 58 years old.



    Public health response

    Panamanian health authorities have taken the following actions:
    • issued a national epidemiological alert,
    • intensified vector control activities (eliminate breeding, fogging, public communication),
    • strengthened the national surveillance system.
    “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
    Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

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    • #3
      Panama is investigating 65 suspected cases of Zika virus

      Panama City. PL. | December 6, 2015



      Epidemiologists from the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Panama investigating at least 65 residents Ustupu, Ailigandí the village of Kuna Yala, as suspected of carrying the virus Zika.

      The coordinator of International Health, MoH, Israel Cedeño said that these people are in the group of three positive cases confirmed last Tuesday, aged between 20 and 40 years.

      He added that they are in convalescence, so will have to wait a while to make new tests to confirm or rule out the disease.
      “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
      Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

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      • #4
        New case of zika confirmed in Guna Yala region

        12/11/2015 - 2:27 PM


        The Ministry of Health (MoH) confirmed on Friday December 11 a new event in the region zika Guna Yala.

        Health Minister, Francisco Javier Terrientes, explained that this is a woman of 57, who is the mother of one of those diagnosed with zika.

        With this new case, would be four confirmed, but the authorities have advance that there were about 90 suspects.

        According to the minister, all are being evaluated in the Gorgas Memorial Institute and it is expected that next week the answer to these cases have.
        Con este nuevo caso, serían cuatro los confirmados, pero las autoridades han adelantado que habría unos 90 sospechosos.  El ministro de Salud,...
        “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
        Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

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        • #5
          Source: http://www.who.int/csr/don/22-decemb...ika-panama/en/

          Zika virus infection – Panama Disease Outbreak News
          22 December 2015

          On 14 December 2015, the National IHR Focal Point (NFP) of Panama notified PAHO/WHO of one (1) additional laboratory-confirmed case of Zika virus infection.
          As of 17 December, 4 cases of Zika virus had been confirmed by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). All laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus infection are female ranging in age between 25 and 59 years.
          A total of 95 suspected cases, with symptoms compatible with Zika virus infection, have also been reported in the Ustupu and Ogobsugun islands, Guna Yala province. Of the 95 suspected cases, 4 tested positive for dengue virus by RT-PCR. The first case of dengue was confirmed approximately two weeks prior to the confirmation of Zika virus infection. This indicates co-circulation of the two viruses in the same community. Of the remaining 91 suspected cases, 30 were negative for both dengue and chikungunya. Suspected cases are distributed across all ages, with the highest number concentrated in the age group 25-34. Women account for the majority of cases (66%).
          Public health response

          Panamanian health authorities are implementing various public health measures:
          • carrying out information, education and communication activities – e.g., leaflets in three languages (Guna, Spanish and English) have been developed and distributed;
          • conducting vector control activities.
          WHO advice

          The proximity of mosquito vector breeding sites to human habitation is a significant risk factor for Zika virus infection. Prevention and control relies on reducing the breeding of mosquitoes through source reduction (removal and modification of breeding sites) and reducing contact between mosquitoes and people. This can be achieved by reducing the number of natural and artificial water-filled habitats that support mosquito larvae, reducing the adult mosquito populations around at-risk communities and by using barriers such as insect screens, closed doors and windows, long clothing and repellents. Since the Aedes mosquitoes (the primary vector for transmission) are day-biting mosquitoes, it is recommended that those who sleep during the daytime, particularly young children, the sick or elderly, should rest under mosquito nets (bed nets), treated with or without insecticide to provide protection. Mosquito coils or other insecticide vaporizers may also reduce the likelihood of being bitten.
          During outbreaks, space spraying of insecticides may be carried out following the technical orientation provided by WHO to kill flying mosquitoes. Suitable insecticides (recommended by the WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme) may also be used as larvicides to treat relatively large water containers, when this is technically indicated.
          Basic precautions for protection from mosquito bites should be taken by people traveling to high risk areas, especially pregnant women. These include use of repellents, wearing light colored, long sleeved shirts and pants and ensuring rooms are fitted with screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering.
          WHO does not recommend any travel or trade restriction to Panama based on the current information available.


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          • #6
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            Increase to 60 cases of Zika in Panama

            Wednesday February 17, 2016 - 1:22 pm

            In pleading the health alert the government allocated $ 10 million for the comprehensive approach to health alert

            The Ministry of Health (MoH) reported that to date there have been 60 cases of Zika, all in the county Guna Yala, virus so yesterday the Cabinet approved to declare a health alert in the country.

            To declare a health alert the government allocated $ 10 million for the comprehensive approach to health alert.

            60 cases of Zika virus in Guna Yala, have been reported in the communities of Mulatupi, Ustupo / Ogobsucum, Achutupu, Puerto Obaldia, Playon Chico, Narganá, Heart, Sugar River, Rio Sidra, Cartí Sugdup and Ailligandi. Of these 38 cases they were diagnosed in 2015 and 22 in 2016.

            Nestor Sosa, director of the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies said it is likely that they can have other cases of Zika, so being declared a national alert and we must be aware not only in Guna Yala, but in the rest of the country.

            http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/naci...anama/23922508
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            • #7
              Translation Google

              Zika first reported case in the capital


              FOR WRITING TVN NEWS
              02/18/2016 - 11:44 a.m.

              The Ministry of Health (MoH) confirmed that the first case was reported zika in Panama City, specifically in the area of ​​Tocumen.
              Deputy Health Minister Miguel May explained that increased cases of the virus in Guna Yala, already reported 64, that is four from the last number that was reported on Wednesday, which was 60 cases.

              So, the 64 cases, more than was reported in Tocumen, making a total of 65 people infected with the virus.

              In a nationwide health alert about cases of Zika it was decreed to prevent cases from spreading.

              10 million were also made to combat the virus, which has spread to several Latin American countries.

              -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

              A woman of 51, is the first case of zika in Panama City

              Thursday February 18, 2016 - 24:03
              ...

              A 51-year-old is the latest victim virus zika in Panama. With this new case increase to 65 patients diagnosed in the country, he confirmed a source from the Ministry of Health (MOH) to La Estrella de Panama .

              According to information from the Ministry, women living in Calle S Tocumen and kept investigating to see if in the last days, she was visiting the region Guna Yala, where the first cases were reported or has been moved to other sites country.
              The company maintains operations to eliminate the breeding of aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the virus.

              http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/naci...anama/23922734
              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela

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              • #8
                Published On: Sun, Feb 21st, 2016 Newsroom Panama / Panama News | By Today News

                Zika cases climb to 73, one imported

                ...
                According to the Ministry of Health, of the 73 cases, 71 are in Guna Yala, one in Tocumen, and one is a person returning from Venezuela.
                ...
                http://todaypanama.com/zica-cases-cl...-one-imported/
                "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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                • #9
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                  118 cases of zika in Panama

                  ACAN-EFE

                  Panama | March 6, 2016 | 12 am |

                  Seven new cases of zika in Panama raised to 118 the number of infected with the virus nationwide, reported yesterday by the Ministry of Health of that country.

                  The capital districts of San Francisco, Las Cumbres, Vista Alegre and Bella Vista meet six of the new patients, and another on the island of Narganá, in the indigenous region of Guna Yala (Caribbean), which until recently was isolated the virus in the country.

                  On Friday, the Ministry of Health (MoH) had reported another 17 cases in different provinces.

                  Health authorities in Panama reported on Wednesday a first case of neurological syndrome Guillain-Barre syndrome, which has been associated with zika, but could not confirm their actual link with the virus.

                  This is a man of 50, who has recovered, according to official information.

                  http://www.elnuevodiario.com.ni/inte...s-zika-panama/
                  "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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                  • #10
                    130 zika cases in Panama and two of Guillain-Barré

                    Saturday March 12, 2016

                    Authorities of the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed five new cases Saturday zika, thus increasing to 130 statistics.
                    These new were reported in Las Cumbres, Juan Diaz, Bethania and Guna Yala.
                    It was known that cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, remain as two patients.

                    Estos nuevos se reportaron en Las Cumbres, Juan Díaz, Bethania y  Guna Yala
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                    • #11
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                      Increase to 149 cases of Zika virus


                      BY JORGE E. QUIROS
                      21/03/2016 - 9:23 a.m.

                      The Ministry of Health (MoH) confirmed on Monday March 21 a new figure for the Zika virus and date are already 149 cases.
                      related

                      Cases have been reported in the provinces of Panama, Colon, Panama West, plus the region of Guna Yala.

                      Moreover, the health agency reported that there are 396 cases of dengue and 4 cases of chikungunya, so insist on the call to the population to be eliminated breeding aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the three diseases.

                      According to the MoH, the main kennels are within households, in the sinks, water storage tanks, containers drink pets and plants.

                      http://www.tvn-2.com/nacionales/salu...442555719.html
                      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                      -Nelson Mandela

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                      • #12
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                        Cases rise to 156 by Zika virus in Panama

                        BY ALEJANDRO REYES
                        23/03/2016 - 7:49 a.m.

                        Seven new cases of Zika virus, distributed in Metro Panama, Panama Guna Yala and West, the figure rose to 156, as confirmed by Health Minister Francisco Javier Terrientes.
                        related

                        He said there were 323 cases of dengue and Chikungunya eight.

                        Terrientes asked the community in general to collaborate with the Ministry of Health (MoH), not to proliferate hatcheries.

                        On Wednesday there will also be other operating nationwide to combat the aedes aegypti mosquito.

                        Gorgas Memorial Institute evaluates other suspected cases so the figure is expected to increase.

                        Meanwhile Aurelio Rangel, director of the metropolitan area of ​​Health said that in this area there are 30 cases of Zika and 100 cases of dengue.

                        Rangel recalled that 90% of the farms are within households, so you have to check, clean and remove these vectors.

                        He reported that on Sunday April 3, the 19 facilities in the metropolitan region made elimination of breeding and prior to the arrival of the rainy season starts campaign.

                        http://www.tvn-2.com/nacionales/caso...444055558.html
                        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                        -Nelson Mandela

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                        • #13
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                          Zika virus continues to rise in Panama, confirmed 168 cases

                          BY WRITING TVN NEWS
                          29/03/2016 - 10:48 a.m.

                          At least about 12 new cases raised the figure to 168 Zika virus affected, according to information provided on Tuesday 29 March, by the Ministry of Health (MoH).

                          Of these new cases, 11 are from the region of Guna Yala and one is in San Miguelito.

                          On Monday, the MoH gave several vehicles and equipment to make the fight against Aedes aegypti, which transmits dengue, Chikungunya and Zika virus.

                          There are about 30 vehicles, 100 termonebulizadoras and is expected to receive 30 heavy machines for fogging.

                          According to the MoH authorities, citizenship is not collaborating with the eradication of aedes aegypti.

                          On Sunday April 3 will be held nationwide mobilization against this mosquito.

                          http://www.tvn-2.com/nacionales/viru...448555126.html
                          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                          -Nelson Mandela

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                          • #14
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                            MoH reports that in the country there are 243 cases of zika

                            Writing of the Press April 23, 2016 - 14: 48h

                            Officials from the Ministry of Health (MoH) reported that in the country there have been a total of 243 cases of Zika virus.

                            While in the country they have detected 412 cases of dengue and chikungunya 9, which are transmitted by the mosquito Aedes aegypti.

                            The medical director of the MoH in Herrera, Alcibiades Dominguez, reported that the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies confirmed the first case by Zika virus in the province.

                            Dominguez explained that the case was caught in the polyclinic of the Social Insurance Fund Roberto Ramirez de Diego.

                            This is a patient of nine, which is resident in the city of Chitre. The child is stable health.
                            ...

                            http://www.prensa.com/locales/Minsa-...467303325.html
                            "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                            -Nelson Mandela

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                            • #15
                              Panama confirms four microcephaly cases tied to Zika

                              REUTERS/CARLOS JASSO

                              Four babies born with microcephaly linked to the Zika virus have been confirmed in Panama, the health ministry said on Wednesday, out of 264 total cases of the mosquito-borne infection in the country.

                              Public health officials have been concerned about the possibility of a surge in the rare birth defect, seen in worrisome numbers in Brazil, as the virus spreads rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean.

                              Fourteen pregnant women have contracted the virus, and six babies who were infected with Zika were born with malformations, including the microcephaly cases, the health ministry said.
                              ...

                              http://www.reuters.com/article/us-he...-idUSKCN0XW07H
                              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                              -Nelson Mandela

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