South America

Mexico steps up prevention as Zika infection count tops 30

  (Reuters) — Mexico’s infection rate of the Zika has topped 30 as the Latin American country steps up preventative measures against an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus amidst fears it will spread across the region. Zika has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil, leading health authorities in Colombia and El Salvador to advise women against getting pregnant for anywhere up to two years. Last week, Mexico reported 18 cases […]

INC members attend worship service despite snowstorm, conduct clean-up drive afterwards

(Eagle News) — In the first month of year 2016, while snow storm Jonas bombarded the Mid-Atlantic States, all New York and New Jersey could do was wait. So when Wednesday came, some people already began to prepare. But, in spite of all the warnings broadcast on the television, radio and internet, people weren’t prepared for the ferocity of the storm. At around Friday evening, January 22, snow fell and became more frequent, winds became […]

Tourists in Rio exercise caution but show little fear of Zika outbreak

The mosquito-borne Zika virus may be running rampant throughout Brazil, but many tourists in Rio de Janeiro for the world famous Carnival remain undaunted. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday (January 28) the Zika virus, linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is “spreading explosively” and may infect 3 to 4 million people in the Americas, including 1.5 million in Brazil. Still, all seemed calm in a rainy Rio […]

Argentina confirms first Zika case

Argentina’s Ministry of Health confirmed its first Zika case on Tuesday, according to Clarin, a local newspaper. The infected person is a 23-year-old Colombian woman living in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires. She was suspected to be infected with Zika virus after she finished her travel to Columbia. She went to a private hospital to diagnose and her blood sample was then tested in Pergamino Virus Research Center. The confirmation of the first Zika case means […]

CELAC assembles its countries to deal with Zika virus

The Latin American and Caribbean States Community (CELAC) has decided to assemble all health departments of its member countries to deal with the outbreak of the Zika virus, which has been linked with birth defects and the paralysis-causing Guillain-Barre syndrome across many Latin American countries. The President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos made the above remarks at a press conference at the CELAC summit in the Ecuadorian capital Quito on Wednesday. Santos said CELAC countries […]

Santos, Rousseff call for regional meeting to combat Zika outbreak

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, on Wednesday (January 27) called for a regional meeting next week to launch a joint battle against the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Brazil and Colombia, so far the worst-affected countries in Latin America, have been grappling with the virus which has been spreading at an alarming rate. Rousseff said a Mercosur meeting with other leaders in the region had been set to take place in […]

Fourth CELAC summit held in Quito, Ecuador

The fourth summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) was held Wednesday in Quito, capital of Ecuador. Leaders of the CELAC’s 33 member countries gathered at the headquarters of the Union of South American Nations to discuss plans for the region’s development over the next five years. Discussions were made on reducing poverty and inequality across the region during the one-day meeting. Other topics included education, innovation of science and technology, […]

Brazil struggles to contain Zika outbreak

Hilda Venancio da Silva holds nurses her three-month-old son Matheus, born in October with microcephaly, a tragic neurological complication linked to Zika, the mosquito-borne virus sparking a health scare across the Americas. But she is not alone. In the hospital where he was born, dozens of other mothers also gave birth to infants with abnormally small heads. More than 1,000 cases of microcephaly have been reported in just a few months in Pernambuco state, the […]

Zika virus spreading at alarming rate in Brazil’s northeast

Brazilian officials have stepped up efforts to battle the rapid spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus linked to the alarming surge infants born with serious brain damages. Roughly 4,000 suspected cases of microcephaly have been reported in Brazil since October, compared with the 150 cases reported in all of 2014. In Brazil’s northeastern state of Pernambuco alone, 1,000 babies were born with smaller-than-usual brains according to health officials. One of them was Gleyse Kelly’s 3-month-old […]

At least 17 Peruvians die after their bus plunges down a cliff

At least 17 people died and 31 were injured on Monday (January 18) after the bus they were travelling in plunged 50 metres (164 feet) down a cliff in central Peru. According to local media, the bus was carrying about 50 passengers from Huancayo to Satipo, located in the province of Chanchamayo within the Junin region, when it tumbled off the highway over the San Felix bridge. The bus careened 50 metres (164 feet) down […]

Colombia’s Santos says country closer to peace after FARC disarmament plan

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Tuesday (January 19) that his country was closer to peace after the government and leftist FARC rebels agreed earlier in the day to ask the United Nations Security Council to help monitor and verify a rebel disarmament should the two sides reach a final peace deal. “Today we’ve taken one more step, a definitive step towards the termination of conflict and for peace. In Havana we have formally […]

Argentine economic growth to speed up from 2017, minister says

Argentina’s economy will edge higher this year as the new government lifts interventionist controls, later fuelling growth of about 4.5 percent annually between 2017 and 2019, Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay said on Thursday (January 14). “With our numbers we calculate an estimated (economic growth) of between 0.5 percent and 1 percent this year in 2016, but above all with much stronger growth in the second half of the year,” he said, during a news conference […]