Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Negative economic impacts expected if link to brain damage is proven. Best hope is that scientists find no link. The Zika virus has arrived in the Western Hemisphere and spawned a degree of alarm not previously witnessed with previous outbreaks involving mosquito borne viral infections like dengue and chikungunya. The reason for … [Read more...] about Zika Virus and the Economic and Human Reproductive Health Implications for the Caribbean
Just over a week ago I came in contact with a debilitating virus. For me it was not the first time I was hearing about chikungunya. News of the virus has been in the Jamaican media for the past three weeks or so. I personally didn’t think much of it except taking the usual precautions; meaning try not to get bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus. I jogged at the Mona Bowl … [Read more...] about My Chick V Episode
By Maria Fernanda Garcia and Ian Ho-A-Shu The hunt for buried treasure has long and infamously yielded fortune and misfortune in the same fell swoop. From Jason and the Argonauts’ haunting search for the Golden Fleece, to the 49ers’ mad rush to a then far-off and forbidding California, the search for gold continues to prove simultaneously fruitful and hazardous for those … [Read more...] about Searching for Gold, Finding…Malaria?