Florida researchers studying Haiti’s chikungynya outbreak identified a mosquito-borne virus called Mayaro in that Caribbean country, where it had never been observed before.   The strain is different from those previously seen in the Amazon, where most cases of Mayaro have…

So far, Haiti has confirmed just 1 case of a baby born with microcephaly as a result of the Zika virus, and 5 cases of Zika—but doctors fear a broader outbreak could be lurking beneath the surface. Conditions in Haiti are ripe for widespread transmission, with a climate…

The Zika virus apparently circulated in Haiti before Brazil, according to a team of University of Florida researchers, sparking questions about the origin of the virus in the Caribbean. As part of the team’s study of acute undifferentiated febrile illness, they isolated…

Simple, low-cost interventions would be effective in preventing future outbreaks of cholera, according to new research by scientists at Yale.

The UN is miserably failing the victims of the cholera epidemic its personnel triggered in Haiti 5 years ago, with thousands left waiting for access to effective medical treatment and compensation, said Amnesty International. More than 9,000 people died of cholera between…

Many Cuban health care workers are stranded as they await US visas under a program enacted in 2006 to ease entry regulations for Cuban medical professionals sent overseas by their government. Several hundred Cuban health care workers who had been deployed on a mission to…

Haiti has the highest maternal mortality rate in the Americas—380 per 100,000 live births in 2013—but the government is hopeful that several initiatives will begin to change the situation, reports Bridget Huber in The Lancet. The national midwifery school is training more…

With the departure of 3,000 doctors in 5 years and a significant shortage of Medicare funds, Puerto Rico is facing a serious health crisis. More than 60% of Puerto Ricans receive Medicare or Medicaid but the island doesn’t receive the same level of federal health care…

Haiti has come painfully close to containing the cholera epidemic that exploded in mid-2010. In 2014, however, the outbreak resurged and by April cholera cases had increased by 306% over last year. Haiti’s 5-year cholera crisis is the subject of a compelling piece by Rose…

Cuba became the first country in the world to eliminate mother-to-baby HIV and syphilis transmission, the WHO announced yesterday.