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Heavy rains kill 12 in Haiti, cause flooding

November 8, 2014
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Heavy rains kill 12 in Haiti, cause flooding

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Twelve people have died in Haiti as a result of heavy rains unleashed by a cluster of storms in the northern Caribbean, authorities said Wednesday. Cap-Haitien Mayor Yvon Alteon said four more bodies had been found, in addition to the eight deaths reported earlier. He said that some 5,000 people were...
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Six killed as heavy rains pound Haiti

November 4, 2014
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Six killed as heavy rains pound Haiti

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – At least six people were killed as heavy rains pounded the northern and western sections of Haiti, according to the Departmental Coordinator Civil Protection Nadia Lochard. Lochard said the rains, which had also forced the cancellation of several flights to Cap Haitien, were responsible for a wall collapsing...
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Chilean Supreme court orders halt to mine-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

October 9, 2014
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Chilean Supreme court orders halt to mine-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

In 2012 US Geological Survey statistics ranked Chile fourth in the world for untapped gold reserves, after Russia and ahead of the United States. Chile’s supreme court has halted the development of a gold and copper mine owned by the Canadian conglomerate, Goldcorp, until indigenous communities are consulted. The court upheld an appeal filed...
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From toilet to table, overcoming the ‘yuk’ factor

October 7, 2014
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From toilet to table, overcoming the ‘yuk’ factor

By Lorena Arroyo BBC Mundo The use of eco toilets not only is preventing diseases by improving sanitation but it could also help the country’s food security in the long term, too Human excrement spread by poor sanitation was to blame for over 9,000 cholera deaths in Haiti, but now, thanks to a simple...
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Haiti bans its citizens from UN mission against Ebola

October 4, 2014
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Haiti bans its citizens from UN mission against Ebola

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitian volunteers have been banned from departing for African countries hit by the Ebola virus, the government said on Friday, citing other diseases that have devastated the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. A statement signed by the Ministers of Health, Interior and Defense was released after news appeared on social...
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Aids: Origin of pandemic ‘was 1920s Kinshasa’

October 3, 2014
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Aids: Origin of pandemic ‘was 1920s Kinshasa’

By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News website Kinshasa, pictured in 1955, was at the centre of the pandemic, scientists say The origin of the Aids pandemic has been traced to the 1920s in the city of Kinshasa, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists say. An international team of scientists...
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Mosquito Virus That Walloped Caribbean Spreads in U.S.

October 1, 2014
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Mosquito Virus That Walloped Caribbean Spreads in U.S.

By Kelly Gilblom A mosquito-borne virus that can cause debilitating joint pain lasting for years has spread to the continental U.S. after infecting hundreds of thousands of people in the Caribbean and Central America. The virus is called Chikungunya, an African name meaning “to become contorted.” While the illness, first identified in Tanzania in...
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New mosquito-borne virus spreads in Latin America-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

September 28, 2014
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New mosquito-borne virus spreads in Latin America-Added COMMENTARY By Haitian-Truth

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — An excruciating mosquito-borne illness that arrived less than a year ago in the Americas is raging across the region, leaping from the Caribbean to the Central and South American mainland, and infecting more than 1 million people. Some cases already have emerged in the United States. While the...
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What rhymes with Chikungunya? Here are the basics on the latest tropical disease arriving on US shores

September 26, 2014
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What rhymes with Chikungunya? Here are the basics on the latest tropical disease arriving on US shores

DANIEL RIVERO @thisisfusion Chikungunya. Say it with me: Chi-kun-GUN-ya. Now just the ladies: Chi-kun. Then the guys: gun-ya. Anyway, get used to hearing that curious combination of syllables because there’s growing concern that chikungunya— which, despite its fun-sounding name is a very serious disease in Latin America—could become an increasing health concern in the...
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