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  • Venezuela - Zika Virus Infections Confirmed; 4,700 Suspected and 255 Cases of Guillain-Barré Syndrome

    11 28 2015

    Maracaibo - Maria Gabriela Cedeño, a student at age 25, told this newspaper as his health has worsened since last Wednesday. "I started with pain in the lower back, as if it was a kidney pain, Thursday pains to wrists and other joints with much discomfort and fever spread, but Friday started me enronchar skin and gave me a unbearably itchy hands. On Saturday I woke worse because I could not open my eyes, they were very red as having conjunctivitis ".

    The parents of the young confirmed through the family doctor was the Zika virus, which was worse with pain in the ankles and a more intense itching. "When I started I thought it was ill chikungunya again, but the doctor told me no, that was zika".

    The student has handled the virus with acetaminophen for fever and as recommended by your doctor, who told him that at the University Hospital of Maracaibo (HUM) have already served 17 suspected cases of the virus, it is best to drink plenty of water .

    "My doctor confirmed that I had was not chikungunya, but zika".


    So far no regional health authority has ruled on the matter, however, more and more cases presenting this medical box.

    Concern and alarm

    Health Miranda, in his 46th Epidemiological Bulletin, warning about the "imminent entry of Zika virus" to Venezuela, to 488 confirmed cases of the disease in Colombia. Newsletter highlights the most cases in the neighboring country have given precisely in the department of Norte de Santander, which borders Venezuela.
    La enferemedad es similar al dengue, la fiebre amarilla, el virus del Nilo Occidental y la encefalitis japonesa. El virus zika es causado por la picadura de un mosquito
    “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
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  • #2
    Warning of suspected cases of Zika virus in Bolivar State

    Laboratory samples of some of these cases, similar to dengue and chikungunya, were negative for these two diseases and have been sent to the National Institute of Hygiene Rafael Rangel for confirmatory research. Including Zika virus research that has the same symptoms.

    Thursday December 3, 2015

    The National Epidemiology Defend Red alert in recent weeks in Bolivar State they have identified numerous cases of patients with symptoms of acute fever, malaise, musculoskeletal pain, headache, retro orbital pain, and rash, which starts at trunk and then the limbs, with intense itching and rapid clinical recovery, suggesting that try cases of Zika virus. To date 39,891 have been reported cases of dengue and in recent weeks has rebounded this disease in this entity and in Apure, Merida, Carabobo, Aragua, Guarico and Capital District.

    The medical institution reported that laboratory samples of some of these cases occurred in Bolivar, clinically indistinguishable from dengue and chikungunya some similarities, are negative for these two diseases and have been sent to the National Institute of Hygiene Rafael Rangel for confirmatory research. Including research Zika virus, capable of producing arborvirus febrile illness with symptoms similar to those described. For the diagnosis of zika confirmed by RT-PCR tests, which until recently were not available in the National Institito Hygiene it would be the first indigenous cases identified the disease in Venezuela, probably first and foremost, introduced from Brazil, the high migratory flow in both directions, of people, Bolivar state and the border state of Roraima. Highlights the results have not been disclosed by the Ministry for Health and Epidemiological Bulletin that for more than a year ago has not been issued by this office.
    La Red Defendamos la Epidemiología Nacional alerta que en las las últimas semanas en el estado Bolívar se han identificado numerosos casos de enfermos con  manifestaciones de fiebre aguda, malestar general, dolores musculoesqueléticos, cefalea, (...)
    “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
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    • #3
      Zika virus infection – Venezuela

      Disease Outbreak News
      3 December 2015


      On 27 November 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of Venezuela received notification of 7 suspected cases of Zika virus infection. The diagnoses were made by the national reference laboratory, the "Rafael Rangel" National Institute of Hygiene. Four samples tested positive for Zika virus by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The results were re-confirmed by Colombia’s National Institute of Health (INS). The cases, whose age ranges from 40 to 55 years old, are all women from areas that border Brazil. Venezuelan health authorities are implementing prevention and control measures. Investigations are ongoing.
      “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
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      • #4
        Four cases of Zika virus confirmed in Caroni

        on December 12, 2015

        The year 2015 closes with the threat of a new virus in Venezuela, after the Health Minister Henry Ventura, on Thursday confirmed four cases of Zika virus in the country, all located in Bolivar state.

        (............)


        Bolivar state epidemiologist Jose Allong, confirmed by telephone Correo del Caroní that the four cases existing in Bolivar are between Heres and Caroní and that "some of them, not all, have a link with Brazil, have mobilized the neighbour country".


        He added that under suspicion of this disease 40 others would be found. The diagnosis and treatment is being handled by the Ministry of Health in Caracas, together with Epidemiology of Bolivar state.
        “Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights – that must be our call to arms"
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        • #5


          40 suspected cases of Zika virus in Margarita Island r
          eported

          Date 12/24/2015

          The National Institute of Hygiene Rafael Rangel on the island of Margarita is analyzing samples of at least 40 patients with symptoms similar to those produced by Zika virus.


          The director of epidemiology of the organism, Yuramia Villarroel Martinez, explained that among Zika virus symptoms include rash, fever, muscle aches, malaise, conjunctivitis and diarrhea, "depending on the immune system of each person."

          "In the state of Nueva Esparta, given the large number of cases that have been filed, 17 decided to send samples to the National Institute of Hygiene which 13 were negative," he said Villarroel.
          “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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          • #6
            Health Minister rapports 4700 suspected cases of Zika in Venezuela

            Luisana Melo said authorities "are on alert."

            Thursday January 28, 2016

            The Venezuelan Minister of Health, Luisana Melo, reported today that authorities "are on alert" and are examining 4,700 suspected cases of Zika virus in the country. The official made ​​the statement during a day of fighting against the mosquito vector of virus El Valle, Caracas, reported dpa. "We have a record of 4,700 suspects, who have presented symptoms and consultation. This is a disease whose manifestation starts with mild symptoms. In four cases, three did not consult because they are symptoms mild. Of those 4,700 cases may have underreported, these cases may be complicated as dengue and chikungunya, "he said.

            However, a few days ago, Health Ministry officials had refused to provide figures on zika, because they were considered very few cases.

            At home serological tests against that specific virus are made. The National Assembly, from January 5 under the control of the opposition, approved this week a legislative decree declaring the "humanitarian crisis" in health shortages of medicines and the deterioration of public hospitals and the lack of foreign exchange for imports.
            La ministra venezolana de Salud, Luisana Melo, informó hoy que las autoridades "se mantienen en alerta" y que están examinando 4.700 casos sospechosos del virus zika en el país. La funcionaria hizo la mención durante una jornada de combate (...)
            Last edited by Gert van der Hoek; January 29th, 2016, 10:41 AM.
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            • #7
              Minister of Health confirmed 255 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome in Venezuela

              "Yes you have any of these symptoms of Zika, go to primary care, Barrio Adentro modules and integral diagnostic centers" , the minister recommended Luisana Melo

              jan 29 , 2016


              ÚN.- PP Minister for Health, Luisana Melo , recommended for pregnant women and the general population go to primary care health network deployed throughout the national territory.

              " Yes you have any of these symptoms of Zika: conjuntivisitis, fever mocha or high temperature is essential to go to primary care, Barrio Adentro modules or Integral Diagnostic Centers, the intention is not to saturate the hospital emergency " .

              The head of the health portfolio, said it was installed a situational room for all allegations of possible Zika, "are already implemented sanitary control measures for those infected with the virus possible," he said.


              Through the program Breakfast broadcast by Venezolana de Television , Luisana Melo, he reported that at the end of the report the night of Thursday, there were about 255 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome in Venezuela, associated with Zika and only about 55 are in the Intensive Care unit (ICU), apart from the s 4,700 cases reported until Thursday morning.


              On testing to determine if you really can not have or virus, Melo said that "they are taking blood tests on people who report having high probabilities of zika".

              The minister said the virus is detectable the first 5 days, then begin operations and hides so that it is not perceptible to blood tests.



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              • #8
                How Many Zika Cases Are There In Venezuela: 4,000 or 400,000?


                February 3, 2016


                The current Zika outbreak got its start in Brazil, and that country is still the epicenter of the outbreak. But could the situation in neighboring Venezuela be nearly as bad?

                That's the charge being made by some doctors' groups, who claim the Venezuelan government is vastly underestimating the number of cases. The government estimates that around 3,700 people have likely been infected with Zika since the outbreak began last year.

                These doctors believe the number is closer to 400,000 — and that estimate only covers people who showed symptoms of infection. Since Zika cases are generally mild and often free of any symptoms, the group says the true number of infections to date could be up to 1 million.

                The government has been completely opaque on this. They are keeping information from both the public and from the professionals," says Dr. Jose Oletta, who was a minister of health in Venezuela before current President Nicolas Maduro's political party — then led by the late Hugo Chavez — took power in 1999.

                MORE...
                It depends on whom you ask. But Venezuela could be the next ground zero for Zika. And government information is in short supply. So are doctors, medicines and even mosquito repellent.
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                • #9
                  Life | Wed Feb 3, 2016 5:09pm EST Related: HEALTH

                  Venezuela medical shortages put Zika-linked Guillain-Barre cases at risk

                  CARACAS | BY ALEXANDRA ULMER
                  ...
                  Authorities said last week there are around 255 cases of Guillain-Barré in Venezuela potentially linked to Zika.


                  Some 22 other people suffering the syndrome in Caracas are unable to find immunoglobulin, according to Jose Manuel Olivares, a radiation oncologist and opposition lawmaker.

                  Amid a punishing economic crisis, Venezuela is suffering a roughly 80 percent shortage of medicines, according to a leading pharmaceutical association. The scarcity, which also includes repellent and fever relievers, is stoking fears about Venezuela's ability to respond to the Zika outbreak.

                  "Prompt and immediate treatment is critical," said Carlo Tornatore, Professor of Neurology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, about Guillain-Barre.
                  ...

                  http://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-zika-venezuela-idUSKCN0VC2O7
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                  • #10
                    Translation Google

                    9:40 PM - February 11, 2016

                    Maduro confirmed three deaths in Venezuela by zika

                    The Venezuelan president said in the first report delivered by the government that there are 319 confirmed cases, of which 68 have been complications.

                    Three people have died in Venezuela due to complications associated with the virus Zika revealed Thursday night President Nicolas Maduro, in the first report on deaths that delivers the government within the framework of this disease.

                    "Confirmed cases, 319 of which 68 were complicated and unfortunately we had three deaths from zika nationwide," Maduro said at a rally broadcast on government television.

                    Without delving into the factors that led to the deaths, the president added that Venezuela zika 5,221 suspected cases are recorded "from November 5 that the presence of this virus was detected worldwide, until 8 February."

                    Maduro explained that the 68 patients with complications "have been in intensive care," and said the country has the necessary medicines to treat symptoms.

                    "I want to especially thank the governments and embassies of India, Cuba, China, Iran and Brazil have given us full support for the medicines zika and beyond are today in Venezuela," he said.

                    The only balance on zika in Venezuela had been delivered last January 28 by the Minister of Health, Luisana Melo and realized 4,700 suspected cases and 255 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, although he clarified that it was not proven to have a "partnership" with the zika.

                    The Guillain-Barre syndrome is an autoimmune disease that manifests as a slight paralysis, even progressive members.

                    Local doctors have warned that the acute shortage of medicines and water, which forces many to almacenarla- threaten to exacerbate the outbreak of the virus in Venezuela.

                    http://www.noticiascaracol.com/mundo...la-por-el-zika
                    "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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                    • #11
                      21 deaths are reported for Guillain-Barre syndrome in Venezuela

                      Friday, February 12, 2016
                      The absence of immunoglobulin and albumin in health centers has claimed the lives of 21 people diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome in the past six weeks.
                      Tuesday died the third person with the virus in the Vargas Hospital of Caracas. To this they add two previous deaths registered due to lack of medicine.
                      Until now the Ministry of Health has not made an official statement to update the statistics of 255 cases of Guillain-Barre announced on January 29 and recognizes the deaths. But the regional authorities of Aragua, Anzoategui and Lara have admitted killing 8 people. The remaining cases have been reported by the media.
                      José Oletta, researcher Defend Red Epidemiology, he said that five days ago the figure of 91 people suffering from the disease only in the region in Zulia state in that region were only 91 people who have it are revealed.
                      Oletta states that Venezuela could be the second country after Brazil, with more cases of Zika in the region.
                      This Thursday night, President Nicolas Maduro announced that on Saturday and Sunday arrived in the country a batch of drugs to fight zika.


                      http://www.informandotentn24.info/no...enezuela-89292


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