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After Chikungunya and Dengue, now it's Ziga fever alert in Haiti

It's like dealing with Cholera which was a gift from MINUSTAH to the Haitian people was not enough. We also had recent outbreaks of Chikungunya, Dengue and our major health scare about Ebola. Still we now have something new to deal with, the Zika virus infection. As a result of recent warning by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) of cases of Zika virus infection in our region, the Minister of Public Health in Haiti has implemented early warning system to detect potential cases of the Zika infection in the Haitian population. Mosquitoes are considered to be the primary vectors of the virus. So far all specimens of mosquitoes, tested have turned out negative.

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Ebola, real threat for Haiti and Central America according to Top U.S. general

Fears are growing the virulent Ebola virus may cross over from West Africa into the Americas, causing thousands to flee toward the U.S./Mexico border. Marine Corps General John F. Kelly, who heads the U.S. Southern Command, says, "There's no way you can keep Ebola in West Africa."

Kelly's concern is two-fold. The first is the inability of emergent nations in the western hemisphere to quickly contain an epidemic of this nature, so it could be expected to foment for awhile. The second is the monitoring of human and drug trafficking in the Americas and the Caribbean, which could conceivably import cases of Ebola. Kelly cites CDC statistics: 1.4 million West Africans will contract Ebola ". . . by January 2015, with a 52% fatality rate . . ."

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Health Minister in Haiti Tells Country Ebola Virus No Danger to Them

The Ebola outbreak has Haitians more than a little concerned: the country is already battling two epidemics,

cholera and chikungunya. Responding to gathering alarm the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) has put people's fears to rest by assuring them no cases have been reported in the U.S. He added likelihood of Ebola entering Haiti is almost non-existent.

Meanwhile MSPP has encouraged Haitians not to panic because a response plan has been prepared in collaboration with the international community. It will proactively prevent contact with the virus while educating the masses about methods to avoid it. MSPP informs the public ". . . transmission of the virus requires direct contact with the blood, secretions, organs or body fluids of a person . . . " But to take precaution to ensure no exposure to Ebola occurs, Minister of Health, Dr. Guillaume, has advised people to refrain from unnecessary travel to places where cases have been reported.

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In Haiti where the sick is cared for by families, how would we prevent a spread of Ebola

As we all have been have been observing the development of the ebola virus, some would say it is just a matter of time before the first case appears in Haiti. Although this is something I would not wish on the country, it is important to consider this option as it is a possibility.

What will the Haitian authorities do if ebola appears in Haiti? Let's share some critical information about the virus.

One, we all know that it only becomes contagious after the infected person start showing symptoms. if someone is infected with the virus but does not show any symptoms, that person can't infect another.

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Sick Haitian woman, mistaken for Liberian Ebola patient, caused total panic

This is getting from bad to worst and out of hands. The Ebola epidemic is a great concern; however it seems that the behavior of the population might be even more of a concern. Did you know that an Ebola scare at a Train Station in Boston forced the MBTA to temporarily suspend services. A sick Haitian woman who was sick and vomiting was assumed to be Liberian and that her illness was Ebola.

According to the Boston magazine reported, some blood was visible in the woman's vomit. The call to the emergency team stated that a Liberian woman was observer to be sick, vomiting and could be infected with the deadly ebola virus.

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Haitian volunteers banned from going to African countries to fight Ebola

The Haitian Government has made it clear that no Haitian is allowed to leave the country and go to any of the African countries currently hit by the ibola outbreak to help with treatment.

The statement was released by Haiti Ministers of Health, together with Minister of Interior and Defense. It stated that the Ministers forbade any agency, including the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), from recruiting haitian volunteers for that purpose.

The Minister of Defense, Lener Renauld, also indicated that it's a question of public health and security to avoid any Ebola epidemic crisis from reaching Haiti.

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