A large epidemic of Chikungunya fever currently affects the Caribbean, Central and South America. Despite a high number of reported cases, little is known on the occurrence of severe clinical complications. We describe four Venezuelan patients with a severe and/or lethal course who exhibit unusual manifestations of the disease. Case 1 describes a 75… (More)
Two brothers with congenitally-acquired Chagas' disease (CD) diagnosed during adulthood are reported. The patients were born in the USA to a mother from Bolivia who on subsequent assessment was found to be serologically positive for Trypanosoma cruzi. Serologic screening of all pregnant women who migrated from countries with endemic CD is strongly… (More)
A cluster of protracted migratory polyarthritis involving four adult family members occurred in January 2000 after a brief overnight outing in a rural area of Venezuela. Laboratory testing demonstrated Mayaro virus as the cause of the cluster. These results documented the first human cases of Mayaro virus in Venezuela.
Drug discovery and design for inhibition of the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) NS3/4A serine protease is a major challenge. The broad, shallow, and generally featureless nature of the active site makes it a difficult target for "hit" selection especially using standard docking programs. There are several macrocyclic NS3/4A protease inhibitors that have been… (More)
We take as the point of departure for this paper the fact that information and communication technologies (ICT) should be used as a tool of governments and not regarded as ends in themselves. The author examines the component parts of electronic administration (e-administration) and paradigms in public management: new public management and governance. The… (More)