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    Two Zika Cases Confirmed

    · THURSDAY DECEMBER 17, 2015

    Health authorities in Honduras on Wednesday confirmed the first two cases of Zika, a disease transmitted by the same vector of dengue and Chikungunya affecting Central American countries.

    "As part of the effective monitoring of the first two cases were laboratorial zika confirm" noted a statement from the Ministry of Health, adding that the sick, the department of Valle, southern border with El Salvador, "have been taken into medical care and are in their homes in good condition ".

    The disease had been detected in neighboring countries, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, produces the same symptoms of dengue and Chikungunya: colds and fever, among others, officials said.

    In the statement, the health ministry said that the way to combat the disease is to avoid mosquito breeding sites, which have been doing with communities.

    Deputy Health Minister, Francis Contreras, told the local station HRN that the authorities set up an epidemiological fence on the border with El Salvador to the circulation of the virus has been confirmed in the country.

    Las autoridades sanitarias de Honduras confirmaron este miércoles los primeros dos casos de zika, una enfermedad transmitida por el mismo vector del dengue y la chicunguña que afecta a los países centroamericanos. "Como parte de la eficaz labor de vigilancia se confirman laboratorialmente los dos primeros casos de zika", anotó un comunicado del ministerio de Salud y añadió que los enfermos, del departamento de Valle, sur, fronterizo con El Salvador, "han recibido la debida atención médica y se encuentran en sus viviendas en buen estado".
    “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
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      Zika virus infection – Honduras Disease Outbreak News
      21 December 2015

      On 16 December 2015, the Ministry of Health (MoH) of Honduras reported two (2) autochthonous cases of Zika virus infection. Both cases are male and residents of the southern area of Honduras. The cases were identified through active surveillance, and laboratory-confirmed by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The MoH called on the public to continue prevention and control activities, including vector control.
      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 repellents, insect screens, closed doors and windows, and long clothing. 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 use insecticide-treated mosquito nets 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 periodically 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.
      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 Honduras based on the current information available.


      • #4
        Health confirmed three new cases of zika in Honduras

        21 Dec 2015 / 2:33 PM /
        With these new cases it would be coming to eight people with the disease.

        Tegucigalpa, Honduras

        Francis Contreras, deputy health minister, said Monday three new cases of Zika virus in the southern part of Honduras. . With these new diagnoses will be arriving eight people with the disease Contreras explained that so far neither the age or gender of these people is handled; however he explained that "the three patients are with presumptive forecast zika."

        The first cases in Honduras were reported in Choluteca, south, and one in Francisco Morazan, central Honduras. As a preventive measure against this disease, Health officials recommend cleaning the courtyards and emptying containers that can collect water. The zika, whose symptoms are similar to dengue, although slightly milder, is already present in Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Venezuela, Paraguay, Surinam and Panama.

        Con estos nuevos casos se estaría llegando a ocho personas con la enfermedad.
        “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
        Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

        ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ ~~~


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          december 29, 2015

          Tegucigalpa Deputy Health Minister, Francis Contreras, confirmed Tuesday that so far 40 cases of Zika reported in Honduras.
          He pointed out that these cases are recorded in the departments of Valle, Choluteca, El Paraiso, among others.

          In that sense, he explained that "Zika circulation through reflected in the patients' symptoms of this disease, in the other cases is not performing laboratory tests but is imminently clinical diagnosis."

          He explained that the disease has a mild course so that the authorities believe that many cases will not be reported, because patients do not go to hospitals.

          TEGUCIGALPA- El viceministro de Salud, Francis Contreras, confirmó este martes que hasta el momento se reportan 40 casos de Zika en Honduras. Señaló que estos casos se registran en los
          “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
          Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

          ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ ~~~


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            Zika is increasing in Honduras

            JAN. 4, 2016

            Authorities of the Ministry of Public Health in Honduras, confirmed Monday that the number of zika cases is increasing.

            The head of Epidemiological Surveillance, Breddy Lara, said that chikungunya with accumulated 84.982 dengue cases exceeds 44.326
            Zika cases: 106 patients, including suspected of having the disease.

            He said that last week 49 cases of Zika and this day were reported, 55 more cases were added.

            The most affected departments are Francisco Morazán, Cortés, Comayagua and Choluteca gather because more risk factors for tropical diseases are given.
            Autoridades de la Secretaría de Salud Pública en Honduras, confirmaron hoy lunes que el número de casos de zika va en aumento. El jefe de Vigilancia Epidem...
            “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
            Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

            ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ ~~~


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              Honduras has more than 600 Zika cases since last December

              21 JAN, 2016 -

              Tegucigalpa, (ACAN-EFE) .- Honduras accumulated 609 cases of people infected with the virus zika since last December 16, when the first case was confirmed in the country, reported the Honduran Health Minister Yolani Batres.

              The Central American country this year alone recorded 558 cases of HIV infections, in addition to the 51 recorded the last fortnight of last December Batres told reporters.

              He added that there may be more cases of Zika in the Central American country, because many people do not attend health centers for treatment.
              Batres advised the public to avoid self-medication and attending a medical center when you feel the symptoms of the disease.

              Honduras is in "permanent alert" to the increase of people affected by Zika, the official said.
              Tegucigalpa, (ACAN-EFE).- Honduras acumula 609 casos de personas infectadas con el virus del zika desde el pasado 16 de diciembre, cuando se confirmó el pr...
              “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
              Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

              ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ ~~~


              • #8
                Honduras declares national emergency over Zika virus

                Posted on 2 February 2016 - 11:00am

                TEGUCIGALPA: Honduras on Monday declared a state of emergency after officials said the number of Zika infections is rising at an "alarming" rate in the Central American country.

                Since Dec 16, when the first case of the mosquito-borne virus was detected, there have been 3,649 cases of people infected with the virus, said Health Minister Yolani Batres.

                The number of people infected with Zika tripled in the past three days, according to government figures.

                Batres did not mention any cases of infants born with microcephaly, or abnormally small heads, as has been reported in Brazil and linked to Zika in expectant mothers.

                One elderly person may have died of Zika, but officials are still investigating.

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