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In a move to enhance efforts at preventing substance abuse, County Commissioners adopted a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Sosa, urging Congress to pass Senate Bill 524 or similar legislation. Substance abuse is a growing concern in Miami-Dade County, with heroin-related deaths steadily on the rise since 2011. Commissioner Sosa authored legislation supporting Senate Bill 524 (SB 524), entitled the Comprehensive Addiction Recovery Act of 2015.
New Law Will Create State's First Syringe Access Programs.  Harm Reduction Gone Mainstream: Florida Follows in Steps of Kentucky, Indiana and Republican-Led Congress in Passing Syringe Access Reforms Today, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the IDEA Act ("Miami-Dade Infectious Disease Elimination Act"), after it passed the Florida House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. Florida leads the nation in new HIV cases, while Miami-Dade and neighboring Broward are #1 and #2 in the nation, respectively, for the rate of new HIV infections per 100,000 residents.
CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, will travel to Puerto Rico March 7-9 to assess first-hand CDC’s support for the Zika response. As of March 3, 103 cases of Zika virus infection have been reported to ArboNET, a surveillance system managed by CDC and state health departments, among residents in Puerto Rico.
Thursday, 03 March 2016 17:21

Jamaica Uses Reggae To Fight Zika

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Jamaica has given reggae to the world and now health officials are using the catchy musical genre in a fight against the Zika virus. As the mosquito-borne virus which health officials say can now be transmitted through semen spreads across the Caribbean and Latin America, the Jamaica government has released a catchy PSA video that urges nationals to clean up to avoid the Zika virus.
The United States has lifted a ban on the importation of various vegetables and citrus fruits from the Dominican Republic.Last month, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the lifting of the ban affects 23 of the 30 Dominican provinces, which does not include the country’s eastern districts, where the presence of the Mediterranean fruit fly, which attacks vegetables and tropical fruits, was detected last year.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says it is working with Caribbean governments to “to prevent, detect and respond” to the Zika virus. Last month, PAHO said starting in Mar. 2014, and through the first week of 2016, 14 countries and territories of the Americas, including the Caribbean, have reported cases of Zika infection.
The United States military command, otherwise known as Southern Command or SouthCOM, says in 2015 its medical professionals provided health care to more than 150,000 people in 14 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean during humanitarian-focused training exercises.
SRHA Honours Best Health Centre: Senior Public Health Nurse at the Christiana Health Centre in Manchester, Christiana Goulbourne-Wright accepts an award from Regional Director of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), Michael Bent while members of staff look on.
An estimated 2,500 potential cases of the Zika virus exists in Martinique and French Guiana, the French government said this week. Health Minister Marisol Touraine told reporters that the two French regions in the Caribbean face an epidemic of the mosquito-borne virus.
Sobering facts: For every black youth murdered in Philadelphia, 90 others experience grave injuries, including gunshot and stabbing wounds. Each year, more than 900 young blacks are admitted to one specific local emergency room as victims of violence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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