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"Malaria Champions of the Americas" seeks best practices on integrated efforts against vector-borne disease

Malaria initiatives that are integrated into programs for the control of vector-borne diseases are eligible to compete in this year's "Malaria Champions of the Americas" contest, which gets under way today, on World Malaria Day, April 25. Nominations may be submitted until June 23.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 14:39
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Brazilian, Argentine soccer players join PAHO/WHO vaccination campaign

Three popular soccer players from Brazil and Argentina appear in a new series of public service announcements (PSAs) that urge people to get vaccinated to protect themselves and their families from more than 20 dangerous diseases.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 14:59
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On World Health Day, soccer star Leonel Messi helps to raise awareness about Chagas’ Disease

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In a video released for World Health Day, FC Barcelona soccer star Leonel Messi calls for more resources and drugs against Chagas ' disease, a silent disease transmitted by a biting insect that currently infects 6 to 8 million people, mainly in the Americas.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 12:42
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PAHO/WHO urges vaccination against measles and rubella to protect the Americas during the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Vaccination is your best shot

Endemic transmission has been interrupted in the Americas, but measles and rubella continue to circulate in other parts of the world. More than 600,000 people are expected to attend the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. With the theme “Vaccination: Your best shot!” Vaccination Week in the Americas highlights the importance of immunization.

Last Updated on Friday, 25 April 2014 08:47
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"Small bites can be big threats," experts warn on World Health Day

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Mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other insects can be far more than a nuisance. The diseases they carry-malaria, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus, Lyme disease and many others-can cause serious illness and in some cases death. In the Americas, one out of every two people lives in an area at risk of one or more of these vector-borne diseases.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 07:30
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