Flattening the Curve: Ecuador and Brazil Pull Ahead in August

Ecuador virus cases plunged 37% in August, the most in South America after Brazil (40%), according to the WHO. In comparison, neighbors Colombia and Peru saw cases jump by 8% and 67%, respectively, in the same time period. On average, South American daily confirmed virus cases rose 35% in August, the data show. To be… Read More Flattening the Curve: Ecuador and Brazil Pull Ahead in August

Dispatch from Quito: Coronavirus and La Cuarentena in Ecuador

(This article was originally published by the Institute for the Study of the Americas at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.) I’ve watched the coronavirus crisis unfold from a quiet street in the suburbs of Quito, where I’m living with my family while on a research fellowship in Ecuador. After an early outbreak… Read More Dispatch from Quito: Coronavirus and La Cuarentena in Ecuador

The Andean Wonder Drug: Cinchona Bark and Imperial Science in the Spanish Atlantic: Crawford

Crawford, Matthew James. The Andean Wonder Drug: Cinchona Bark and Imperial Science in the Spanish Atlantic, 1630-1800. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016. Matthew Crawford’s The Andean Wonder Drug: Cinchona Bark and Imperial Science in the Spanish Atlantic, 1630-1800 is a fascinating history of quina, the medicinal tree bark of the chinchona tree, native… Read More The Andean Wonder Drug: Cinchona Bark and Imperial Science in the Spanish Atlantic: Crawford

Chile Turkey Farms Quarantined After Swine Flu Found

By Nathan Gill and James Attwood Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) — Two Chilean poultry farms are under quarantine after swine flu was detected in turkeys, the first case of the virus found in birds, the nation’s health ministry and U.S. health officials said. Sopraval SA, the Santiago-based producer of poultry, beef and pork products, said agricultural… Read More Chile Turkey Farms Quarantined After Swine Flu Found

Swine Flu Nations Briefed in Preparation for WHO Pandemic Call

By Nathan Gill and Jason Gale      June 11 (Bloomberg) — Leaders of six swine flu-infected countries have been briefed by the World Health Organization in preparation for a “probable change” in the agency’s level of pandemic alert, Chile’s health ministry said.      Officials in Australia, Chile, Japan, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S. were… Read More Swine Flu Nations Briefed in Preparation for WHO Pandemic Call

WHO Met Global Public Health Officials on Flu Alert

By Nathan Gill      June 11 (Bloomberg) — The World Health Organization spoke with authorities in Australia, Chile, Japan, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S. yesterday to prepare for a “probable change” in the agency’s pandemic alert scale to the highest level, Chile’s health ministry said.      The WHO sought information on the clinical protocols… Read More WHO Met Global Public Health Officials on Flu Alert

Swine Flu Cases May Increase Until July, Chile Says

By Nathan Gill      June 10 (Bloomberg) — Swine flu cases in Chile, the country with the most infections outside North America, may continue to climb until early July, health officials said.      Confirmed cases reached 1,694, from 890 on June 5, the Ministry of Health in Santiago said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. The… Read More Swine Flu Cases May Increase Until July, Chile Says

Chile Confirms 21 New Cases of Swine Flu, Now Has 107

By Nathan Gill      May 26 (Bloomberg) — Chile’s health ministry confirmed 21 new cases of swine flu today, giving the country a total of 107, the health ministry said.      Nineteen of the new cases resulted from “community transmission” in four different regions, Osvaldo Sagrado, an official in charge of health-care networks at the… Read More Chile Confirms 21 New Cases of Swine Flu, Now Has 107

Chile Confirmed 10 Cases of Swine Flu, Bachelet Says

By Sebastian Boyd and Nathan Gill      May 19 (Bloomberg) — Chilean health officials confirmed five new cases of swine flu today, bringing the country’s total to 10, President Michelle Bachelet told reporters in Santiago.      The confirmed cases include three women who traveled from the Dominican Republic, and a further cluster of… Read More Chile Confirmed 10 Cases of Swine Flu, Bachelet Says

Chile Reports First Swine-Flu Victims, Minister Says

By Nathan Gill and Sebastian Boyd      May 17 (Bloomberg) — Two female tourists returning from the Dominican Republic became Chile’s first confirmed cases of swine flu, Health Minister Alvaro Erazo told reporters today in Santiago.      They arrived in Chile yesterday on Copa Airlines Flight 437 from the beach resort of Punta… Read More Chile Reports First Swine-Flu Victims, Minister Says

Chile May Use Police to Find HIV Patients After 512 Not Told

By Sebastian Boyd and Nathan Gill      Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) — Chilean health authorities may use police databases to track down people infected with the AIDS virus after the government failed to notify 512 patients that they had the illness, denying them access to treatment.      In more than half those cases, there’s no record… Read More Chile May Use Police to Find HIV Patients After 512 Not Told

Mastery, Tyranny, & Desire: Trevor Burnard

Death in the sun-drenched fields or torture in the shade of the house? Resistance or collaboration? How did enslaved Africans cope with the trauma of life on Anglo-Jamaican sugar plantations in the eighteenth century? These are some of the very disturbing questions Trevor Burnard tackles in chapter six of Mastery, Tyranny, & Desire, where he… Read More Mastery, Tyranny, & Desire: Trevor Burnard

Sexuality and Marriage in Colonial Latin America: Asunción Lavrin

Asunción Lavrin’s edited volume, Sexuality and Marriage in Colonial Latin America, presents a series of perspectives on what Lavrin calls the “conquest of the mind,” the means through which the Spanish state and Catholic Church sought to maintain control over colonial society. The authors challenge received understandings of the region’s early history by showing the… Read More Sexuality and Marriage in Colonial Latin America: Asunción Lavrin

Native Society and Disease in Colonial Ecuador: Suzanne Alchon

Suzanne Alchon: Native Society and Disease in Colonial Ecuador (1991) explores the relationship between epidemic diseases and indigenous populations in the north-central highlands of Ecuador in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Alchon argues that appreciating the role of epidemics in everything from food security to politics is critical to understanding changes in regional history in… Read More Native Society and Disease in Colonial Ecuador: Suzanne Alchon