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Canada reports the Americas’ first case of avian influenza A (H7N9) in humans

Virus H7N9

The Government of Canada has confirmed the first human case of avian influenza A(H7N9) in the Americas, a resident of British Columbia who had recently traveled to China and fell ill after returning. The patient is currently recovering and did not require hospitalization.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 January 2015 14:02
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Isabella Danel, former CDC official, sworn in as PAHO/WHO Deputy Director

Dr. Isabella Danel, Deputy Director

Dr. Isabella Danel, a U.S. citizen and former official of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was sworn in today as the new Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 15:29
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First-ever Universal Health Coverage Day urges “Health for all – everywhere”

Universal Health Coverage

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has joined a coalition of more than 500 organizations from over 100 countries to celebrate the first-ever Universal Health Coverage Day on December 12.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 December 2014 16:27
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Number of babies born with HIV declined 78% in Latin America and the Caribbean, says new PAHO/WHO report

Mother and infant

The number of babies born with HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean declined by 78% between 2001 and 2013, according to a new report from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The report, Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Congenital Syphilis in the Americas, takes stock of progress in the region's countries toward the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 December 2014 14:10
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Developing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have world’s highest homicide rates

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A new report on interpersonal violence around the world shows that low- and middle-income countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have the highest homicide rates of any developing region, as well as the highest proportion of homicides committed with firearms.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 15:00
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