Chikungunya and Dengue Fever: A Public Health Responsibility | Petchary’s Blog

When it first arrived, it was made light of. “You’ll have pains for about three days, maybe a rash, then you’ll get better and will be immune to further attacks.” Not so for many, including myself. Those of us over 45 may take 1 to 2 or more months to get over the acute phase. After that there is the possibility of the subacute phase with arthritis and the possibility of disorders of the blood vessels. Then there is the chronic phase, occurring beyond 3 months and persisting for 2 -3 years. The symptoms include prolonged and severe arthritis, fatigue, body weakness, and depression (no wonder, with the prospect of these symptoms for 3 years!) The chronic phase occurs in 13% of people who contract the disease. If 2 million people in Jamaica contract it, that means that about 260,000 will be affected for up to 3 years. More tragically, many people have died. Yes, they had other conditions such as sickle cell, hypertension and diabetes, or were undergoing cancer treatment, but without chickV they would still be alive.

I think it is gross negligence on the part of WHO, PAHO and the Jamaican Ministry of Health, who were aware of this disease 2 years ago, to have done nothing. The least they could have done was to mount a public education campaign in the media, schools, churches and business places. The usual cry is that there is no money, but this outbreak has cost far more than a public education campaign would have. A public education campaign, at minimum could give the following information, which could be presented in simpler or more sophisticated ways depending on the audience.

via Chikungunya and Dengue Fever: A Public Health Responsibility | Petchary’s Blog.

Mexico: Ayotzinapa’s Uncomfortable Dead

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Mexico: Ayotzinapa’s Uncomfortable Dead

Written by Charlotte María Sáenz

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:27


Ayotzinapa’s Uncomfortable Dead[1]

Vivos se los llevaron y vivos los queremos. “Alive, they were taken, and alive we want them back,” became the national and international public’s rallying cry for the 43 disappeared male student teachers attacked by municipal police and then handed over to the Guerreros Unidos drug gang on September 26, 2014 in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. This remains the rallying cry even after the official press conference of the Attorney General (PGR)[2] announced last Friday that those missing had most likely been executed and burnt to ashes as detailed in the suspected assassins’ video testimonies shared at the press conference alongside maps and photographs of suggestive evidence. However, there is no conclusive proof yet and so the 43 missing remain undead. Their parents refuse to accept this verdict, and in doing so…

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Government of Jamaica Again Blocks Information on Goat Islands Transshipment Port Project in Protected Area

follow the money folks – who profits?

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An aerial view of Goat Islands. If the port development goes ahead, the islands would be dynamited (along with the Taino settlement at the top of Great Goat Island) and pushed into the sea. (Photo: Max Earle) An aerial view of Goat Islands. If the port development goes ahead, the islands would be dynamited (along with the Taino settlement at the top of Great Goat Island) and pushed into the sea. (Photo: Max Earle)

NOVEMBER 11, 2014


The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has learned that the Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, the Hon. Dr. Omar Davies, has issued a new Certificate of Exemption to exempt agreements and proposals on the proposed transshipment port near Goat Islands from public disclosure. The new Certificate, dated October 24, 2014, claims that the information is exempt from disclosure because premature disclosure would, or could reasonably be expected to, have a substantial adverse effect on the Jamaican economy, or the Government’s ability to manage the Jamaican economy.

The new…

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Stop killing the salmon at the Buckley Dam

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Buckley Dam: Stop killing the salmon

After years of delay, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a deadline to fix the fish-killing structure. But will the work happen?

Guest Opinion

by Michael Garrity: 

The annual return of salmon to the White River, which flows from the Emmons Glacier on Mount Rainier to the Puyallup River, is a cause for celebration among Indian tribes, anglers and everyone who appreciates the unique place salmon hold in the culture of the Pacific Northwest. But that joy turns to dread when thousands of the fish are killed at the 100-year-old Buckley Diversion Dam. Buckley Dam’s fish passage system is terribly outdated, and thousands of salmon – often hundreds of thousands – die as they try to make their way upstream to spawn.

If you visited the Buckley Dam in August…

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Mexican Hope

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Mexican Hope

The land of Zapata has once again become a beacon of hope in the middle of the arid desert of corruption which today controls politics as usual in Washington, Mexico City, Ottawa and beyond. While Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, is busy negotiating deals with international investors and rubbing elbows with world leaders this week at the APEC summit in China and the G20 summit in Australia, his country is exploding at the seams. The good news is that the vast social mobilization engulfing Mexico today holds the seeds for the liberation of Mexicans from decades of political exclusion on both sides of the Río Grande.

Not since the uprising led by the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) in Chiapas in 1994 has Mexico been convulsed by such a powerful independent citizen movement which seeks to transform the roots of the existing system of repression and inequality. Hundreds…

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Convergence Determines Governance – Within and Without. Reset | DQ-en

The longer we remain in denial on what the emerging economies have achieved, the longer we keep global governance gridlocked and ineffective.

Longer-term growth in the emerging economies is not slowed down by secular stagnation in the advanced ones, even if short-term the emerging and advanced economies are highly correlated.

Convergence across nation-states is about the poor catching up with the rich, even as growth continues for all. Convergence is about the Global South achieving parity with the Global North. Convergence is about the distribution of incomes of people around the world flattening towards equality, and thus about the shift in the planet’s economic landscape curving to fit better the world’s spatial distribution of people.

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U.S. Sailors Assaulted by Turkish Nationalists in Istanbul –

As the sailors broke free, their assailants chased them and shouted “Yankee go home!” and “Down with U.S. imperialism!”

The United States Embassy in Ankara issued a strong condemnation. “The video showing an assault on three visiting American sailors is appalling,” it said in a statement published on Twitter. “While we respect the right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression, we condemn today’s attack in Istanbul.”

The Turkish government’s immediate response to the assault was conspicuously less forceful.

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