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Bahamas Zika Update

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The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the general public that there have been no documented cases of the ZIKA virus disease in The Bahamas since November, 2016.  Environmental monitoring and testing is ongoing. All tests to date for the year 2017 have been negative.

The Ministry further advise that there is a need for continued vigilance and action by individuals, families and communities to prevent mosquito borne diseases such as Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya, as these are all transmitted by the Aedesaegypti mosquito which is found all across The Bahamas.

We are now in the rainy season. The public is being reminded of their essential role in preventing the transmission of Zika by eliminating all breeding sites in and around homes, schools, churches and all other living spaces.  This should be done by:

  1. Emptying all standing water containers at least once weekly
  2. Turning over or covering containers that store water
  3. Install or repair and use window and door screens
  4. Kill mosquitoes inside your home
  5. Wearing long sleeved light colored clothing
  6. Usage of mosquito repellents.

Please be reminded that many people infected with the Zika virus will not have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms.  The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.  Muscle pain, and headache may also occur.   All persons are at risk for getting Zika and should take necessary measures to prevent mosquito bites.  Women of child bearing age are advised to take extra precaution to prevent infection due to possible transmission of the virus to their unborn babies which has been linked to birth defects, as there is also evidence that Zika can be transmitted sexually.   Condom use during the entire pregnancy is therefore recommended.

                     PLEASE PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY

For further information, please contact the Surveillance Unit, Department of Public health at 502-4737, 397-1021, 502-4790, 376-3809 or 376-3970.

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Digital coin created for Caribbean’s Dominica as island partners with Huobi

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By Shanieka Smith

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December 2, 2022 – The Commonwealth of Dominica has partnered with cryptocurrency exchange Huobi, to issue its own national cryptocurrencies, Dominica Coin (DMC), and Digital Identity Documents (DID), already reports indicate a surge for the Huobi token.

This new collaboration with Dominica will bring the Caribbean one step closer to being a global cryptocurrency exchange centre.  Huobi also announced its intention to move headquarters from Seychelles to the Caribbean.

It was explained, “The deal is noteworthy partly because of its connections to crypto billionaire Justin Sun, founder of the Tron blockchain where the Caribbean island’s new token will initially reside.”

Dominica Coin (DMC) and digital identity documents (DID) will be issued by Huobi Prime via the TRON network (a project dedicated to building the infrastructure for a truly decentralized Internet); both will serve as credentials for the future metaverse platform based in Dominica. DIDs can be used for cryptocurrency Know Your Customer verification, applying for loans, and opening bank accounts on the island.

The DMC is not yet ready for launch, but The HT token is up 15% over the last 24 hours to $7.12. It’s up 40% over the past seven days.

As one of the first Caribbean islands to adopt the citizenship-by-investment policy, the Dominican government is seeking to delve into the metaverse and Web3 technology as a means to boost the country’s development.

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Imminent Worldwide Measles Threat; 25 Million CHILDREN miss First Dose

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By Dana Malcolm

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December 2, 2022 – Forty million children are at risk of Measles as what the World Health Organization is describing as an “imminent threat” takes shape. A joint report between the WHO and the U.S. Centres for Disease Control revealed that a record number of children missed their measles dose with 25 million children missing their first dose and 14.7 million children missing their second dose in 2021 alone.

Nine million cases of measles were recorded last year, twenty-two countries experienced large and disruptive outbreaks and 128,000 deaths occurred, the report says.

“The paradox of the pandemic is that while vaccines against COVID-19 were developed in record time and deployed in the largest vaccination campaign in history, routine immunization programmes were badly disrupted, and millions of kids missed out on life-saving vaccinations against deadly diseases like measles,” said Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

Measles is easily one of the most contagious viruses in the world and while many people think itchy spots when they think of the disease it can cause pneumonia, seizures and brain damage in about 30 percent of infected individuals.

Herd immunity will not work with this disease, say experts, unless 95 per cent of people or more are vaccinated; only 71 per cent of children in 2022 are fully vaccinated.

“Measles anywhere is a threat everywhere” the report said, emphasizing that no WHO region has achieved and sustained measles elimination.

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FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried admitted he’d screwed up

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By Shanieka Smith

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December 2, 2022 – An interview with FTX founder Sam Bankman- Fried on Wednesday at the DealBook Summit revealed that there were no risk management teams or form of corporate control to help govern the organisation.

Bankman-Fried resigned from his position in November following a liquidity crisis that resulted in the loss of billions in customer funds.

The CEO said he was shocked by what had taken place.  While he had made loans to his hedge fund Alameda, Bank-Fried said he did not intentionally commingle the funds.

Bankman-Fried acknowledged that he had a responsibility to the company and all its customers but he “screwed up.” “There was no person who was chiefly in charge of positional risk of customers on FTX, and that feels pretty embarrassing in retrospect,” he shared.

The investigation is ongoing and it still needs to be clarified whether customers will be able to regain any funds.

Former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer Howard Fischer said that Bankman-Fried’s comments are being scrutinised.  “Everything he says that turns out to be contradicted by admissible evidence will be taken as evidence of deceit.”

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