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CDC issues a Cuba travel warning over the Zika virus

March 20, 2016
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CDC issues a Cuba travel warning over the Zika virus

Ann Swanson- Washington Post Health authorities with the help of the Cuban army fumigate against the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the spread of zika, chikungunya and dengue in a street of Havana, on Feb. 23. The Zika virus is now being transmitted from mosquitoes to people in Cuba, the Centers for Disease Control...
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Zika: Panama has ‘first microcephaly case outside Brazil’

March 20, 2016
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Zika: Panama has ‘first microcephaly case outside Brazil’

Panama has registered a baby born with a brain disorder believed linked to the Zika virus, in what is thought to be the first such case outside Brazil in the current outbreak. Traces of the mosquito-born virus were found in the baby’s umbilical cord. The baby had been born with an underdeveloped brain, a...
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Zika virus infection could trigger Guillain–Barré syndrome

March 18, 2016
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Zika virus infection could trigger Guillain–Barré syndrome

Observations from French Polynesia during a Zika virus outbreak 2 years ago add the virus to the list of pathogens that can trigger Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS), a severe neurological disorder characterized by progressive muscle weakness that can result in respiratory failure. The findings of the new case–control study, published in The Lancet, could have...
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Timberland Kicks Off National Tour of Documentary Film “KOMBIT: The Cooperative”

March 15, 2016
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Timberland Kicks Off National Tour of  Documentary Film “KOMBIT: The Cooperative”

Timberland Kicks Off National Tour of Documentary Film “KOMBIT: The Cooperative” Commitment to plant five million trees sows seeds of hope in Haiti Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland has announced the national tour of “KOMBIT: The Cooperative.” a documentary film chronicling a five-year project to reforest Haiti in partnership with the Smallholder Farmers Alliance...
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Haiti records nearly 100 cholera deaths in first two months of 2016

March 15, 2016
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Haiti records nearly 100 cholera deaths in first two months of 2016

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Haiti says it has recorded 96 people have died from cholera during the first two months of this year. The Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) said there were also 7, 782 cases of the disease during the period January 1 to February 27. But it said...
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With Each New Discovery, Zika Virus Becomes More Frightening

March 15, 2016
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With Each New Discovery, Zika Virus Becomes More Frightening

Carol Pearson VOA News: Scientists are making new discoveries about the Zika virus almost daily, and the more they learn, the more frightening the virus becomes. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday that “there is nothing about Zika control that is quick or easy. The only...
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Brazil’s mothers left to raise microcephaly babies alone

March 11, 2016
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Brazil’s mothers left to raise microcephaly babies alone

Ianka Mikaelle Barbosa, 18, poses for a photograph with Sophia, 18 days old, who is her second child and was born with microcephaly, at her house in Campina Grande, Brazil February 17, 2016. Reuters/Ricardo Moraes Ianka Barbosa was 7 months pregnant when she found out her child had microcephaly. Before the baby was even...
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Haiti: land of the free

March 11, 2016
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Haiti: land of the free

Emma Thomson – Financial Times. Long beset by corruption, colonial rule and natural disasters, the nation is at last beginning to attract adventurous travelers Trekking across the Haiti’s Central Plateau We were pacing along a russet mud track when a Creole call went up: “Gade! Blan yo se sou pye!” (“Look! The whites are...
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Zika Virus May Cause More Problems in Fetuses

March 6, 2016
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Zika Virus May Cause More Problems in Fetuses

Pregnant women who become infected with Zika virus may be at risk for not only having a child with microcephaly, but also having a fetus with other serious health issues, including problems with the nervous system and even fetal death, according to a new study from Brazil. The study — which provides some of...
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The Relentless Rise of Two Caribbean Lakes Baffles Scientists

March 6, 2016
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The Relentless Rise of Two Caribbean Lakes Baffles Scientists

By Jacob Kushner PUBLISHED March 3, 2016 LETANT, Haiti—On a recent calm day, the surface of Lake Azuéi has no waves, not even any ripples. Pillars of pastel-colored concrete break the still surface, the tops of what once were houses. They are all that’s visible of the community that once thrived here. Alberto Pierre,...
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Coffee Company Supports Haiti Farmers By Importing Their Cacao, Selling Island’s Coffee and Artwork

March 3, 2016
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Coffee Company Supports Haiti Farmers By Importing Their Cacao, Selling Island’s Coffee and Artwork

The most famous spots for single-origin chocolate are the countries cacao lovers already know well, like Costa Rica, Columbia, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic. Haiti, a Caribbean island still recovering almost six years after a devastating earthquake in 2010, is not a name that usually comes up. Singing Rooster, a Madison, Wisconsin, nonprofit formed...
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Sex a bigger problem for Zika than first believed

March 2, 2016
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Sex a bigger problem for Zika than first believed

By Franco Ordoñez fordonez@mcclatchydc.com A dozen new Zika cases are raising worries that the virus may be more easily contracted through unprotected sex than originally believed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that they’re investigating 12 cases where the women’s only known exposure to the Zika virus was through sex with...
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Flooding kills several and damages thousands of homes in Haiti

March 2, 2016
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Flooding kills several and damages thousands of homes in Haiti

By Jacqueline Charles jcharles@miamiherald.com At least one person is dead and four are missing in Haiti after rains triggered mudslides and flooding that damaged more than 10,000 homes, the country’s Civil Protection Office said Monday. Edgard Celestin, a spokesman with the office, said a man was helping a person cross the Dame Marie River...
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As drought hammers countryside, many in Haiti go hungry

February 27, 2016
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As drought hammers countryside, many in Haiti go hungry

Only shriveled carrots and potatoes grow in Carole Joseph’s small vegetable plot. The family’s chickens are long gone. She sold her only tools to buy food, then the wooden bed she shared with her children. The family now sleeps on the floor of their shack. All that’s left to sell are the pots she...
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IS NAVASSA WITHIN HAITIAN TERRITORIAL WATERS? THERE IS A LOT OF FERTILIZER THERE. COULD HELP AGRICULTURE

February 27, 2016
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IS NAVASSA WITHIN HAITIAN TERRITORIAL WATERS? THERE IS A LOT OF FERTILIZER THERE. COULD HELP AGRICULTURE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navassa_Island Perhaps we should take possession of this small island to be a big help to our agriculture. It was a source of fertilizer for years.
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As drought hammers countryside, many in Haiti go hungry

February 24, 2016
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As drought hammers countryside, many in Haiti go hungry

AP News: ORIANI, Haiti –  Only shriveled carrots and potatoes grow in Carole Joseph’s small vegetable plot. The family’s chickens are long gone. She sold her only tools to buy food, then the wooden bed she shared with her children. The family now sleeps on the floor of their shack. All that’s left to...
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Projet de 500,000 dollars américains à Nan Panyol

February 20, 2016
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Projet de 500,000 dollars américains à Nan Panyol

Fevrier 20, 2016 Haïti – Agriculture : Projet de 500,000 dollars américains à Nan Panyol] La Fondation Dr. Louis G. Lamothe est en train de mettre en place un projet d’agriculture durable, estimé à environ 500,000 dollars américains à Nan Panyol, 3ème section communale de Souçailles de la Commune de Kenscoff. Ce projet, qui se déroulera sur...
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How a Natural Energy Shot and an Organic Chocolate Bar Are Changing Agriculture in Haiti

February 18, 2016
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How a Natural Energy Shot and an Organic Chocolate Bar Are Changing Agriculture in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI, February 17, 2016 — Two new products debuted this month in the U.S. at all Whole Foods Market stores nationwide–Kuli Kuli’s Moringa Green Energy shots and Taza Chocolate’s Stone Ground Haiti bar–and ingredients for both are sourced directly from smallholder farmers in Haiti. This direct market access, combined with helping farmers to...
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The country hit by the worst drought in 35 years !

February 17, 2016
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The country hit by the worst drought in 35 years !

Haiti Libre: Since the beginning of 2015, Haiti faces the worst drought in the last 35 years, reports the National Coordination for Food Security (CNSA). The phenomenon “El Niño”, which began in early 2015, one of the strongest ever recorded, could persist in 2016 and have an impact on food security in Haiti. This...
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Upsurge in paralysis condition accompanies Zika

February 17, 2016
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Upsurge in paralysis condition accompanies Zika

By FRANK BAJAK and LIBARDO CARDONA In this Feb. 11, 2016 photo, Zulay Balza fails to close her eyes as neurologist Jairo Lizarazo tests her facial muscles at the Erasmo Meoz Hospital in Cucuta, Norte de Santander state, Colombia. Balza was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a disorder in which the immune system attacks the...
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