Malaria - Panama

Panama Health Authorities (Minsa) confirmed 69 new cases of malaria last week. The Guna Yala region recorded 52 cases; Darién 9, comarca Ngäbe Buglé 4, and the regions of Panama Metro, Panama West, Colón and Chiriquí with 1 each.


Hepatitis A - Colombia

The Health Secretariat of Medellín issued an epidemiological alert due to the increase in Hepatitis A, which recorded 431 cases, a 230% increase compared to the same period of the previous year in which 179 occurred.


Melioidosis - Australia

Australian health authorities (NT Health) have reported 22 cases of melioidosis (2 deaths) among people who swam in Top End, in the Northern Territory of Australia, a tropical oasis formed by Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land and the Katherine region, where the tropics meet the Outback.


Malaria - Colombia

Colombian health authorities have reported about 50 confirmed cases of malaria in the Catatumbo area (Teorama, Norte de Santander) in urban, rural and indigenous populations in the municipality of Teorama. A health intervention has been initiated in the area to stop the cases.


Dengue - Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is experiencing an alarming outbreak of dengue, setting a record for hospitalizations with 362 people hospitalized in a single day, surpassing previous figures from 2008. This sustained increase in cases throughout the month signals a classic epidemic. The state of Rio de Janeiro already registers 17,437 probable cases during the first four weeks of 2024 (1,441 notifications in the same period last year). The situation is expected to worsen, anticipating a higher incidence between March and May. The combination of high temperatures and intense rains created ideal conditions for the proliferation of the dengue-transmitting mosquito, accelerating its reproduction and facilitating the creation of breeding sites. Faced with this emergency, the municipality announced preventive measures, including the opening of treatment and hydration centers and the inspection of closed or abandoned places.


Violence - Jamaica

At least 65 people died between January 1 and 27 of this year in a violent manner, data from the Jamaica Police Force shows. Surprisingly, the high homicide rate has decreased compared to January 2023: 81 people were murdered in the first month of 2023. The country, which has a population of 2.8 million, reported 1,393 homicides in 2023 (1,498 murders in 2022). The Caribbean territory has not reported less than 1,000 murders per year since 2003. The U.S. Embassy in Jamaica raised the travel warning to Level 3: “reconsider travel,” a level lower than the most severe one that warns U.S. citizens not to travel.


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