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Painful and rapid spread of new virus in Caribbean

In this May 15, 2014 photo, five-year-old Karla Sepulveda, who suffers chikungunya fever symptoms, waits with her grandmother for treatment in the pediatric area of a public hospital in the coastal town of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. The mosquito-born virus, common in Africa and Asia, arrived to the Caribbean in late 2013 and has affected more than 10,000 people in the Dominican Republic. AP

They suffer searing headaches, a burning fever and so much pain in their joints they can barely walk or use their hands. It’s like having a terrible flu combined with an abrupt case of arthritis.

Posted: May 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Smoke smell prompts return of flight to Jamaica


A Florida-bound JetBlue airliner that had just taken off from a Jamaican airport was forced to return to the Caribbean island after people smelled smoke.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

China president heads to Caribbean to talk trade


Chinese President Xi Jinping is shopping in the Caribbean for new sources of energy for his growing country.

Posted: June 1st, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Suspected norovirus hits 400 on two Christmas cruises

An emergency doctor looks towards the pleasure boat "Lady Anne", where the Norovirus broke out, on the Rhine river in Boppard, western Germany, on November 25, 2008. AFP FILE PHOTO

An outbreak of vomiting and diarrhea has sickened more than 400 vacationers and crew members aboard two Christmas-time cruises in the Caribbean, the CDC said Saturday.

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

4 dead after medical plane crashes in Caribbean


Four people died when their medical evacuation plane plunged into the Caribbean shortly after taking off from the Franco-Dutch island of Saint Martin, the health ministry said Saturday.

Posted: May 6th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »