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Florida Department of Health (FDOH) officials today announced a laboratory-confirmed case of cholera in a Collier County woman who recently returned from Haiti. “We are working with our health care partners to ensure appropriate care of this individual and prevent the spread of this disease within the community, said State Surgeon General Ana M. Viamonte Ros M.D., MPH. “We will continue to monitor the state for any future cases.

The case of cholera was identified through the state's enhanced disease surveillance system and sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where it was confirmed.  Travel to and from Haiti has increased since the Haitian earthquake. Relief workers and Florida residents who are visiting family in Haiti are the primary populations making the trip. Travelers who have been exposed in Haiti may become ill with cholera after their return to Florida.

The Florida International University (FIU) Board of Trustees has approved a regulation that will make the university smoke and tobacco-free effective Jan. 2011. As a result, smoking and the use of tobacco products will be prohibited on all university-owned properties, including the Modesto A. Maidique campus, Biscayne Bay campus, Engineering campus, recreational facilities, residential facilities, parking lots and garages.

Tobacco use in vehicles that are on FIU-owned properties also will be prohibited. “This regulation is truly a reflection of our commitment to environment and health, Vice President for Student Affairs Rosa Jones said in a recent press statement. “The smoke and tobacco-free initiative will help us build a healthier university.

world aids dayA new report issued by the International AIDS Society (IAS) reveals the scale of the future challenge for HIV treatment and prevention at a time when new infections are outstripping those receiving treatment by five to two.

While significant progress has been made towards achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care, with a consistent increase in funding for the AIDS sector between 2001 and 2008 resulting in an estimated 5.2 million people receiving life-saving treatment by 2009, compared with only 500,000 in 2003, the IAS report reveals that the progress made in the sector is under threat.

Theo Chambers, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Panama Medical Tourism portal will be a keynote speaker at the First International Health Food Festival in Panama (Festival Internacional de Comida Sana). Chambers has partnered with Eric De Ycaza, Co-founder and CEO, to produce one of the most comprehensive portals, envisioned as the premier site for Medical Tourism in Panama.

Chambers will speak under his LatinCaribe Wellness Network brand, the trade show and conference production arm of PanaCarib, Panama. He is the Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of PanaCarib, an Internet marketing communications and management Company. A pioneer in health and wellness tourism in Jamaica and the Caribbean over the past ten years, Theo Chambers and his team produced the first wellness conference in Panama entitled: VeggieFest Caribbean & Latin America Wellness Festival, April 10 -11, 2010 at Parque Omar.