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Minchie Israel

I am an Environmental Health Officer with a special interest in Vector Control. In fact, I function in the capacity of a Vector Control Programme Manager with the Government of the British Virgin Islands. Previously, I worked as an EHO in the Commonwealth of Dominica. Woodshed Environment... Full Bio
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Dengue is fast off the blocks in Barbados this year, 2012 by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education The Barbados Ministry of Health has released its Dengue Fever scorecard for the first quarter of 2012 and the picture does not look rosy at all. In a press release pub ... Read on »
CDC asks, What if a credible Dengue vaccine candidate emerges? by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education What if a credible Dengue vaccine candidate emerges in the not too distant future? After all, a number of research units are hard at work in a spirited race to be the ... Read on »
FDA gives go ahead to market Dengue test by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education Normally, you go to the doctor’s office with complaints of a flu-like illness.  Is it Dengue?  Is it not?   The physician listens and compares what you relate with ... Read on »
Caribbean Dengue Alert Initiative takes hold in Westmoreland, Jamaica by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education If I had my way, I would recruit a cadre of Woodshed Warriors (call them what you will), from the school system and the community at large with a minimum high school e ... Read on »
Dengue Rapid Test in 15 minutes by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education It is almost two years since the announcement was made, but it is still worthy of note that Inverness Medical Inc. has put an Early Rapid Test for Dengue Fever on the m ... Read on »
Jan, 24, 12 by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education “Because the Aedes aegypti mosquito is peri-domestic by nature, the control of the Dengue mosquito is primarily the responsibility of the householder. You see ... Read on »
Jan, 19, 12 by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education [The] talk in some quarters was that dengue fever had been banished forever from the Caymans. Of course, the next rumble was: If the Caymans can do it, why n ... Read on »
Jan, 17, 12 by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood. Sources:  discovermagazine.com ,  anannimos.blogspot. ... Read on »
Jan, 13, 12 by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education “We have to get…control of plagues, it does not matter their type, as well as [decrease] pesticides’ use. In urban areas[s], we recommend hygiene and…mosquito net ... Read on »
Jan, 12, 12 by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education A story entitled “Cuba on maximum alert over Aedes aegypti increase,” was posted in crofsblogs.typepad.com on September 08, 2011 caught my eye four days later. ... Read on »
Jan, 11, 12 by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education As much as the Dengue is driving you crazy, it is giving me a headache just trying to keep abreast of its spread in the Caribbean. From my blog reporting last y ... Read on »
New Integrated Vector Management manual introduced in St. Kitts & Nevis by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education Environmental Health Officers are among a batch of Public Health workers from the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis to be familiarised with a manual on Integrated Vect ... Read on »
Researchers aim to predict emerging viruses and treat illnesses by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education Much research over the decades has been concentrated on the vexing issue of a lack of an effective Dengue vaccine.  But what about being better able to predict how the ... Read on »
What a difference a year has made in Puerto Rico by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education What a difference a year makes.  Imagine that, one year ago, this month, Puerto Rico was on the downside of a Dengue epidemic that at the very height, in August 2010, ... Read on »
Siparia Regional Corporation undertakes Dengue Eradication Programme by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education This past September, the Siparia Regional Corporation (SRC) of Trinidad committed a sum of US$50, 000 (TT$500, ooo) to an ambitious Dengue Eradication Programme coveri ... Read on »
Dominica rocked back by Dengue; country scrambles by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education Dominica health authorities declared a Dengue Outbreak on September 13, 2011. This, as 15 cases of Dengue Fever were confirmed in August with results for 9 more ... Read on »
Cayman Islands imports Dengue every year since 2008 by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education Cayman Islands’ health authorities placed the country under a Dengue advisory in late September, mainly as a precautionary measure.  This was done in the face of outbr ... Read on »
Dengue Fever, Immune Homeostasis, Balance by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education Reprinted with permission of Author, Dr. Hellen Greenblatt Dengue fever is caused by a virus that is carried by an infected female Aedes mosquito (called a vect ... Read on »
Nevis says, no fogging; reduce mosquito breeding instead by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education Faced with at least 2 Confirmed and 1 Suspected Case of Dengue, Mr. Anthony Webbe, Principal Public Health Officer in the Nevis Ministry of Health’s Environmental Heal ... Read on »
Antiguans, step it up; Dengue is no joke by Minchie Israel Posted in: Blog Posts in Health Education Extrapolating a report by the  Antigua Observer , Andre Edward, a St. Lucian doctor employed by the Ministry of Health there, posited that the situation in his country ... Read on »