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  • #16
    Official: Colombia has More than 2,000 Zika Cases in Pregnant Women

    jan 30, 2016

    Colombia announced Saturday that more than 2,000 pregnant women in the South American country have been infected with the Zika virus, which is suspected of causing brain damage in newborns.


    The National Health Institute reported that Colombia now has 20,297 cases of Zika infection, including 2,116 in pregnant women.

    The latest numbers, reported in the institute's epidemiological bulletin, would make Colombia the second most affected country in the region, after Brazil.
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    • #17
      MOH Colombia - Epidemiological Bulletin number 3, 2016 , starting on page 43


       Zika

      From the confirmation of virus circulating in the country Zika
      and the beginning of the epidemic phase (from EW
      40 of 2015), up to epidemiological week 03 2016, they have
      20 297 reported cases of Zika, 1050 laboratory confirmed
      from 30 local authorities, 17 115 cases
      confirmed by clinical from 30 local authorities and
      2132 suspected cases from 33 entities

      It has been confirmed virologic circulation in 193 municipalities
      country, of which 90 (46.6%) correspond to the
      Midwest and 40 (20.7%) corresponded to the Caribbean region.
      Antioquia is the territorial entity with the largest number of
      Municipalities with laboratory-confirmed cases (22 municipalities)
      (See map 7).

      In 2016, up to epidemiological week 03 will have
      8096 reported cases of Zika, with 6726 confirmed cases
      clinic, 110 laboratory-confirmed and 1260 suspected.

      The curve shows an increased reporting of cases from
      EW 40 of 2015; the highest income
      cases to the surveillance system was presented at the week
      epidemiological 03 2016 (with 3445 cases). Average
      notification of the last five weeks is 2 153 cases (see
      Chart 40).

      63.6% of cases of Zika virus disease has
      registered female; 65.0% of cases belong
      the contributory scheme. 13.8% of the cases correspond to
      age group between 25 to 29 years, 6.1% of cases
      They have been reported in less than one year and in over 65 years.
      102 cases have been reported in indigenous (0.5%) and 363 cases
      in Afro-Colombians (1.8%) (see Table 45).

      Since the beginning of the epidemic phase of the disease to
      EW 03 2016 2116 have been reported

      while pregnant women from 31 institutions
      territorial and 200 municipalities. Of these, 176 are pregnant
      RT-PCR results reported positive by the laboratory
      INS virology, reported 1735 confirmed pregnant by
      Clinical and 205 pregnant notified suspicion of the
      disease.
      Norte de Santander has reported 787 pregnant women
      They correspond to 37.2% of registered pregnant chaos
      (See Table 46).

      By EW 03, 2016 have been reported in January
      656 pregnant women with Zika, with 1404 cases confirmed by clinical,
      79 laboratory-confirmed cases and 173 suspected cases
      . TO
      then the country's municipalities have relate to
      been reported in pregnant women surveillance system
      epidemiological and cases of Zika virus disease (see
      Table 47).


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      • #18
        Colombia confirms first three deaths of patients infected with Zika virus

        Sibylla Brodzinsky in Bogotá
        Thursday 4 February 2016 17.12 EST Last modified on Thursday 4 February 2016 17.26 EST

        Alejandro Gaviria, the health minister, told the Guardian that another two deaths caused by the disease – known as Guillain-Barré syndrome – were still unconfirmed to be Zika-related.

        Health officials in the country’s second city, Medellín, reported on Thursday that a man and a woman admitted from other areas died in the past week after presenting symptoms of Guillain-Barré, which include muscle weakness and paralysis. Another man died in late November. All three tested positive for the Zika virus.

        Gaviria said Colombia has registered about 100 cases of GBS that are believed to be related to the Zika virus. Overall, Colombia has recorded more than 20,500 confirmed cases of Zika infection.

        Guillain-Barré-related deaths are rare but Gaviria warned that recent cases of the disorder seen in Colombia have not responded to traditional treatments of immunoglobulin.

        “Mortality is high,” Gaviria said in a phone interview a day after meeting with health ministers from around Latin America in Montevideo to address the crisis caused by the spread of Zika.
        ...
        http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...eaths-patients
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        • #19
          Colombia links Zika to rare nerve disorder deaths

          50 minutes ago
          ...
          Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria said there was a "causal connection" between Zika, the Guillain-Barre disorder and the three deaths.
          ...
          "We have confirmed and attributed three deaths to Zika," said the head of Colombia's National Health Institute, Martha Lucia Ospina.

          "In this case, the three deaths were preceded by Guillain-Barre syndrome."
          ...
          Ms Ospina said another six deaths were being investigated for possible links to Zika.

          "Other cases (of deaths linked to Zika) are going to emerge," she said. "The world is realising that Zika can be deadly. The mortality rate is not very high, but it can be deadly."

          Mr Gaviria said one of the fatalities took place in San Andres and the other two in Turbo, in Antioquia department.
          ...

          http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35506726
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          • #20
             Zika
            From the confirmation of virus circulating in the country Zika
            and the beginning of the epidemic phase (from EW
            40 of 2015), up to EW 04, 2016, they were
            reported a total of 25,645 cases of Zika virus disease
            throughout the national territory, 1331 laboratory confirmed
            in 35 of the 36 local authorities, 21 281 cases
            confirmed by clinical from 30 of the 36 entities
            territorial and 3,033 suspected cases from 30 of the
            36 local authorities. In EW 04
            They reported 5,348 new cases. Weekly number
            reported cases are reviewed due to the late notification of
            event, adjustments and debugging data quality. The
            local authorities with the highest number of cases by
            origin were Norte de Santander, Huila, Cundinamarca,
            Barranquilla and Tolima with 57.5% of cases (see Table 38).
            ...
            It has been confirmed virologic circulation in 205 municipalities
            country, of whom 97 (47.3%) correspond to the
            Midwest and 43 (20.9%) for the Caribbean region.
            Antioquia is the local authority with the largest number of
            Municipalities with laboratory-confirmed cases (23 municipalities)
            (See map 7).
            ...
            In 2016, in EW 04 have reported a
            total of 13,012 cases, 337 cases of which were confirmed
            laboratory, 10,499 cases were confirmed by clinical and 2
            176 cases are suspected.
            The curve shows an increased reporting of cases from
            epidemiological week 40 of the year 2015; the highest income
            cases to the surveillance system was presented at the week
            04 epidemiological year 2016 with 5348 cases, 3606 cases
            week 04 and 1742 previous weeks. Average
            notification of the last five weeks is 2256
            cases / week (see Chart 45).
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            ...
            64.8% of cases of Zika virus disease is
            They recorded in females; 62.1% of cases
            They belong to the contributory scheme. 13.8% of cases
            for the age group between 25-29 years, 6.4%
            Zika cases occurred in children under one year
            over 65 years. 158 cases have been reported in indigenous (the
            0.6%) and 471 cases Afro-Colombians (1.9%) (see Table 45).
            ...
            Since the beginning of the epidemic phase of the disease to
            epidemiological week 04 of 2016 have been reported 3177
            women who are pregnant, from 31 states
            territorial and 276 municipalities. Of these, 330 are pregnant
            results for RT-PCR positive reported by the laboratory
            virology INS reported 2494 confirmed pregnant by
            Clinical and 353 pregnant women reported as suspected of
            disease. The territorial entity is more cases reported
            the department of Norte de Santander with 983 pregnant
            corresponding to 30.9% (see Table 46).
            ...
            http://www.ins.gov.co/boletin-epidem...semana%204.pdf
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            • #21

              Life | Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:38am EST Related: HEALTH

              More than 5,000 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus: government

              BOGOTA

              REUTERS/JOHN VIZCAINO

              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.
              ...
              There are so far no recorded cases of Zika-linked microcephaly in Colombia, the government has said. Officials are still examining figures from countries such as Brazil, but say Colombia can expect between 500 and 600 cases this year.
              ...
              The institute said 29.4 percent of pregnant women with Zika live in Norte de Santander province, along the eastern border with Venezuela.

              Colombia's Caribbean region, which includes popular tourist destinations Cartagena and Santa Marta, had more than 12,488 cases of the virus, the bulletin showed.

              Total reported Zika cases increased by 23 percent over last week's figures, while the number of pregnant women with the virus was up 57.8 percent.
              ...
              http://www.reuters.com/article/us-he...-idUSKCN0VM0JS
              "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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              • #22

                Life | Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:16pm EST Related: HEALTH

                Colombia's forecast on Zika-linked birth defect may be too high: minister

                BOGOTA | BY JULIA SYMMES COBB AND LUIS JAIME ACOSTA

                In an interview, Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria suggested the Andean nation may revise downward its projection of 500 to 600 cases of Zika-linked microcephaly, as the condition, marked by an abnormally small head, has not yet shown up in fetal ultrasounds.
                ...
                "We're doubting that figure. We're analyzing what's happening in Brazil, but between when we released the estimate and now we haven't found a single case of microcephaly," Gaviria said. "The extrapolation of Brazil's figures to Colombia, which is how we got the projection, now doesn't seem reasonable."
                ...
                "Colombia is going to tell us a lot if this link between Zika and microcephaly is really associated. At the moment it is only in Brazil," Dr. Marcos Espinal, director of the department of communicable disease at the Pan American Health Organization, the regional arm of the World Health Organization, said at an event on Wednesday.

                "If Zika is really the cause of microcephaly, we should expect to see microcephaly cases in Colombia in June," Espinal said.
                ...
                http://www.reuters.com/article/us-he...-idUSKCN0VQ2AB
                "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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                • #23
                  Colombia reports 37,000 Zika cases, over 6,300 in pregnant women

                  February 20, 2016

                  Colombia has now registered more than 37,000 cases of people infected with Zika, including more than 6,300 pregnant women, the country's National Institute of Health reported Saturday.

                  The latest count, based on data reported as of February 13, reflects an increase of 5,456 cases of the mosquito-borne virus in the last week for which data is available.





                  Colombia has now registered more than 37,000 cases of people infected with Zika, including more than 6,300 pregnant women, the country's National Institute of Health reported Saturday. The rapid spread of the virus has raised alarms in Latin America because it has been tentatively linked to a serious
                  “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
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