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"Small bites can be big threats," experts warn on World Health Day


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

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

In the Americas, one in five people with tuberculosis is unaware of the disease

One in five people infected with tuberculosis in the Americas remains unaware of the disease, due to failure to access health services or because they are not properly diagnosed, according to estimates by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:18

Water and sanitation improvements remain key to defeating cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Three and a half years into a cholera epidemic that has claimed more than 8,500 lives, Haiti has made significant progress in slowing the spread of the disease. PAHO and coalition partners urge stepped-up investments in water and sanitation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:16

Eight in 10 adolescent girls in the Americas have access to HPV vaccine, following its introduction in Brazil

The vaccine provides protection against the two types of HPV that cause approximately 70% of all cervical cancer. The WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety reaffirmed the vaccine’s safety.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:08
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