NBC – In a significant public health victory, Mexico has succeeded in eliminating a disease which is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. Mexico is the first country in the Americas to eliminate trachoma as a public health issue. The disease, caused by a bacteria, affects the eye and repeated infections can lead to scarring and loss of vision.
Al Jazeera – A Dutch sailing boat offering abortions has arrived in international waters off Mexico’s west coast, according to the organization which operates it. The vessel, which operates often in defiance of some countries’ laws, took up position on Friday off Guerrero state on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast.
NPR – Diabetes is the leading cause of death in Mexico, according to the World Health Organization. The disease claims nearly 80,000 lives each year, and forecasters say the health problem is expected to get worse in the decades to come. The surge in diabetes threatens the very stability of Mexico’s public health care system, according to new reports.
Fox News – Juan Pedro, once the world’s most obese man with a body weight of about 1,310 pounds, is scheduled for surgery on May 9 in Guadalajara after losing almost 30 percent of his initial weight. Juan Pedro has lost over 385 pounds, down from a total body weight of 923 pounds.
KRGV – A Rio Grande Valley woman said she’s not going back to a dentist in Mexico. She claimed she was held hostage for payment on her bill. Cathy Eidson, 74, said getting her dental bridge redone at a Nuevo Progreso dentist would be a good way to save money.
AP – Mexico’s health ministry has confirmed the first case of a Zika-related severe birth defect known as microcephaly. The ministry said in a statement Friday that the child was premature and died at birth. It was born to a 25-year-old woman from the southern state of Oaxaca on Nov. 5, 2016.
Vancouver Sun – The number of lab-confirmed Zika cases among British Columbia residents has quadrupled in the last six months – from 11 to 47 – including three pregnant women. All of the cases occurred in people who travelled to places where Zika was endemic, mostly Mexico.
Indian Express – Five cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome associated with the Zika virus infection have been confirmed in Mexico. The cases, found in the southern part of the country, were identified in three men and two women averaging 18 years old. To date, Mexico has reported a total of 3,268 locally acquired cases of the Zika virus, which has also been linked to the birth defect microcephaly.
BBC -The headlines earlier this week that a baby had been born using DNA from three people got the world very excited – no more so than in Mexico, where the technique was carried out. The doctors used a method that takes all the vital DNA from the mother’s egg plus healthy mitochondria from a donor egg to create a new egg that’s then fertilised with the father’s sperm.
While the little boy isn’t the first baby to be created by combining DNA from three people, the method used is a new and significant one that experts say could help families with rare genetic conditions to conceive healthy babies.
Eurekalert – The 2009 swine H1N1 flu pandemic — responsible for more than 17,000 deaths worldwide — originated in pigs from a very small region in central Mexico, a research team headed by investigators at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is reporting.
Food Safety News – Ajinomoto Windsor Inc. has recalled various Not-Ready-To Eat frozen food items due to the potential for these products to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Leader Post – With hip pain so severe he could hardly walk, a Strasbourg-area farmer went to Mexico to find relief. When he returned to Canada, he still had the hip pain — plus tens of thousands of dollars in debt due to a drawn-out travel insurance claim.
Travel Weekly -The Mexico Tourism Board in mid-April updated its map indicating where Zika has been reported in the country. Chiapas leads with 123 cases diagnosed, followed by Oaxaca with 88.
Notimex – The Directorate General of Epidemiology reported that Mexico recorded 222 cases of infection by the virus zika , of which 53 are pregnant. States with the most cases are Chiapas and Oaxaca, followed by Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, Sinaloa, Tabasco, Veracruz and Yucatan.
EFE – Mexico has the highest number of deaths from diabetes in Latin America, according to a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) that also shows that the disease is the fourth leading cause of death in the country.
Reuters – Mexico has confirmed 11 pregnant women are infected with the Zika virus, out of a total of 121 cases. Most of the cases were identified in the southern Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca.
Reuters – Mexico has confirmed six pregnant women are infected with the Zika virus, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 80. They are believed to be the first confirmed cases of Zika in pregnant women in Mexico.
Reuters – Mexico’s health ministry on Wednesday sought to play down any impact on its tourism industry from the mosquito-borne Zika virus, emphasizing the disease was under control and far from its main tourist centers.
Africa News – Mexican authorities have confirmed 37 cases of Zika virus infection in seven of the country’s 32 states. 34 people were infected locally while three others were infected abroad. 24 of the confirmed cases were in the southern state of Chiapas with the rest in Oaxaca, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Sinaloa and Queretaro.
Reuters – There is currently “no justification” for asking Mexican women to postpone getting pregnant because of an outbreak of the mosquito-born virus Zika, a senior Mexican Health Ministry official said on Tuesday.