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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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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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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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Half the population of the Americas is at risk of diseases carried by small insects

Roughly 50% of people living in the Western Hemisphere are at risk of one or more diseases carried by mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other vectors, including West Nile virus, dengue, malaria and most recently chikungunya. In a “call to action” for World Health Day 2014, top health experts from North and South America and the Caribbean urged greater efforts by governments, communities and individuals to control the spread of these and other vector-borne diseases.

Last Updated on Monday, 07 April 2014 11:04
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