Experts and representatives of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay agreed Tuesday guidelines for monitoring, control and prevention of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) which can be fatal and has spread to urban areas. The beginning of spring and the impending summer in the Southern Hemisphere is the season of greatest risk for the disease. (in Spanish)
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has formed an expert group to develop new recommendations for policies and actions to lower salt consumption in the Americas, in an effort to prevent deaths and illness from hypertension, heart and kidney failure, and stroke.
Three newspaper articles that clarify misconceptions about blood donation and encourage people to save lives by giving blood have won the top three prizes in the Fifth Latin American Health Journalism Awards of Red-Salud ("Health Network").
The ministers of health of all the countries of the Americas will gather for the annual meeting of the Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The opening session on Monday, September 28, at 9 a.m., will have comments by PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses, World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States José Miguel Insulza, and the President of the Inter-American Development Bank Luis Alberto Moreno; and welcoming remarks by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.
Transmission of rubella is now limited to one country in the Americas, and measles now occurs only when cases are imported from outside the Western Hemisphere, vaccination experts reported at a special four-day meeting on vaccine-preventable diseases in San Jose, Costa Rica.