public health http://wlrn.org en Haitian Cholera Strain Spreads To Mexico http://wlrn.org/post/haitian-cholera-strain-spreads-mainland-mexico-outbreak A South Asian strain of cholera that was introduced into Haiti three years ago this month has now spread to this continent's mainland.<p><a href="http://www.who.int/csr/don/2013_10_19_cholera/en/index.html">Mexico</a> is the fourth Western Hemisphere country to experience the cholera outbreak. It's a disease that's very hard to stamp out once it gets into an area with poor water and sanitation.<p>Mexican health officials first picked up on the problem Sept. 9, through routine surveillance of hospital cases of severe diarrhea. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:32:54 +0000 Richard Knox 22542 at http://wlrn.org Haitian Cholera Strain Spreads To Mexico Florida Officials Swat At Mosquitoes With Dengue Fever http://wlrn.org/post/florida-officials-swat-mosquitoes-dengue-fever Public health officials in Florida are once again scrambling to contain an outbreak of dengue fever, a disease spread by mosquitoes.<p>Until 2009, when it surfaced in Key West, the tropical disease hadn't been seen in Florida in more than 70 years.<p>Now there are concerns dengue may establish a foothold in the state.<p>Mosquito control is always important in Florida, but in July it became urgent in Stuart, a quiet community on the state's Atlantic coast. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:07:20 +0000 Greg Allen 20534 at http://wlrn.org Florida Officials Swat At Mosquitoes With Dengue Fever University of Miami Medical Students Push For Needle-Exchange Program http://wlrn.org/post/university-miami-medical-students-push-statewide-needle-exchange-program <p></p><p></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Marva Hinton 11817 at http://wlrn.org University of Miami Medical Students Push For Needle-Exchange Program In Honduras, Fighting HIV/AIDS Through Music And Theater http://wlrn.org/post/fighting-hivaids-music-theater-honduras In the village of Corozal in Honduras, men ready boats for fishing excursions and boys play soccer on a beach lined with thatched huts.<p>On a sandy lot next to the town's main street, two teenage boys begin playing drums while women sing. For centuries, this has been the signature sound of celebration for the Garifuna, an Afro-Caribbean people on the Atlantic coast of Central America. Now this music has an additional purpose: to prevent HIV.<p>As people arrive to hear the drumming, the musicians become actors in a play. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 19:09:32 +0000 Jens Erik Gould 11631 at http://wlrn.org In Honduras, Fighting HIV/AIDS Through Music And Theater Poverty, Access Issues Blamed For Poor Health In Broward's Black Communities http://wlrn.org/post/poverty-access-issues-blamed-poor-health-browards-black-communities <p></p><p>Black residents of Broward County are much more likely than whites or Hispanics to experience infant mortality, obesity or HIV/AIDS, according to an alarming new report from the Urban League, and nobody should try to blame the results on poor lifestyle choices .</p><p>According to the Urban League's Danielle Doss-Brown, it's unarguably the result of poverty and lack of access to insurance and health care. Complicating it is a shortage of sources of healthy food in many black communities.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Rick Stone 8697 at http://wlrn.org Poverty, Access Issues Blamed For Poor Health In Broward's Black Communities