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    Zika virus infection – Suriname

    Disease Outbreak News

    11 November 2015

    On 2 November 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Suriname notified PAHO/WHO of 2 autochthonous cases of Zika virus infection. Preliminary laboratory testing was conducted at the Academic Hospital Paramaribo. The investigation is ongoing and further information is pending.
    WHO advice

    Given the increased transmission of Zika virus in the Region of the Americas, PAHO/WHO recommends that its Member States establish and maintain the capacity to detect and confirm cases of Zika virus infection, prepare their health services for a potential additional burden at all levels of health care, and implement an effective public communications strategy to reduce the mosquitoes that transmit this disease, particularly in areas where this vector is present. The complete set of recommendations is available in the latest Epidemiological Update (see related links).

    thanks to Mike Coston

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    Suriname estimated to have thousands of Zika virus cases

    December 29, 2015

    John Codrington, the head of the Academisch Ziekenhuis Paramaribo (AZP) lab who first confirmed that the Zika virus had surfaced in Suriname, estimates that there are now thousands of infected people locally.

    Codrington bases his estimate on the hundreds of testing applications the lab has received. Some of those who have tested positive include pregnant women. Some studies have shown that the virus has an extreme effect on unborn babies, potentially causing microcephaley which is often linked to mental retardation.

    BOG Director Leslie Resida states that they have looked at the studies but are not yet drawing conclusions. However, he cautions women to delay pregnancy as a precautionary measure in the short term.

    The BOG has secured the funds needed to spread an information campaign on the virus further.
    “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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      Suriname confirms four zika related deaths

      Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

      During the weekend, a 75-year-old man deceased from the zika virus in the Academic Hospital Paramaribo. This was confirmed by Lesley Resida, Director of the Bureau for Public Health (BOG), this morning, Tuesday, January 19th, 2016, in the Ware Tijd Online. Resida says that the person also had underlying complaints. The number zika-related deaths now is four.
      “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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        jan 20 2016

        "Zika virus is everywhere in Suriname "

        "Zika? Yeah heard of, but it's not so serious, right?" The Surinamese Claire is five months pregnant and just left the office of the gynecologist. There is an echo and everything is in order. About the Zika virus and its possible effects on her unborn child Claire was not informed by the specialist. Not even by her GP.
        "Zika is far less severe than dengue. I've had dengue two years ago and I thought I was dying," Claire recalls.

        Everyone in Suriname has had zika or knows someone who has been infected. GP Wim Bakker gets an average of five patients per day in its outpatient clinic with symptoms. "If you know that not everyone goes to the doctor for this disease, then it can be assumed that there are thousands of Surinamese are infected," he says. "There is an epidemic."
        Iedereen in Suriname heeft zika gehad of kent wel iemand die besmet is geweest, zegt huisarts Wim Bakker.
        “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
          Note: I am not familiar with this site

          Translation Google

          Suriname under the spell of the Zika virus

          25-02-2016 By: Love Editors Source: OneWorld

          In Suriname they get anxious zika of the virus. For all Surinamese women now less than four months pregnant, are anxious times.

          REPORTAGE -
          A rising trend

          For all Surinamese women now less than four months pregnant, are uncertain times. Suriname is also in the oppressive spell of zika virus. " No mek no wan maskita Dyuk 'yu ' - or: do not pierce the mosquito - is the message that is constantly preached. Is eradication of the Zika virus is a major challenge for the vast country with about 500,000 inhabitants. The fierce battle against the chikungunya virus, which is transmitted by the same mosquito, was just behind, when the new virus manifested itself and also caused an epidemic within a short time.

          So far even though four persons deceased at the consequences of zika, probably contracted in Suriname. In all these deaths a link was made with Guillain-Barré syndrome (paralysis). The registration of health clinics in the coastal area shows that have already been registered in 1233 zika cases this year. So there is a rising trend. Last year, the Academic Hospital Paramaribo Laboratory (AZP), the largest in the country, only 477 test applications, of which 163 dropped out positive. From January 1, the lab was more than three times to test applications, which in more than 350 cases turned out to be the zika virus.

          All the reasons for the Office for Public Health (BOG) to increase awareness and anti-zikacampagne considerably. Also, since the society was very dissatisfied with the extent to which it was informed. Many showed their dissatisfaction through social media. The information spread by the government then proceeded painfully mainly by lack of money. Meanwhile, the government 1.3 million Surinamese dollar (300,000 euros) earmarked for the preventive approach of the virus. International organizations such as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) financially and technically assist.

          Some pregnant women were unaware of the Zika virus

          Or that many will draw is questionable. "We have found that even though most people are well informed, they are the instructions to protect themselves sometimes do not follow enough against the virus," says a worried Astracia Warner, Principal Environmental Inspectorate of the BOG. Society is informed via all possible channels: radio, television, social media, internet, billboards in strategic locations and door-to-door awareness. Some districts even picked up free bulky waste.

          Insecticide or mosquito?

          The hospitals used again plenty of mosquito nets and regularly sprayed with environmentally friendly insecticide. The ministry has asked the sick institutions to minimize the number of visitors per patient. Apart from the SNB and Health also help other organizations and agencies in the fight against zika. Argentine and Brazilian doctors refute that zika virus causes microcephaly. They see the insecticide used to combat zikamug, as the culprit of the skull abnormality in newborn babies.

          At this time, the relationship between the virus and the skull defect is the only thing that is well researched

          John Codrington, head of the laboratory of the AZP, says there is still research into possible links between zika and microcephaly. Codrington was one of the scientists who unraveled the genome of the Surinamese zika virus. "As a scientist I am always open to everything they claim. You should not reject other claims, but the evidence must also be provided." At present, the relationship between the virus and the skull Notwithstanding all that is well researched. All other allegations should be investigated and proven. "

          The AZP is exploring with the University of Rotterdam, the effect of the virus in Suriname, emphasizing the link between zika and microcephaly. Is collected as much information about women who have become infected during pregnancy. The first conclusions will be mid-2016 announced.
          This article was written by a correspondent in Paramaribo, who prefers to remain anonymous. Name withheld.

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