Leprosy cases declined 37% in the Americas over a decade

Leprosy case

The number of new leprosy cases in the Americas fell by 36.9% between 2003 and 2013—from 52,435 to 33,084, —according to the latest data of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). Nearly 94% of these cases were reported from Brazil. The proportion of people with leprosy declined 54.2% at the regional level during the same period, from 0.72 to 0.33 cases per 10,000 inhabitants

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.

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