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28 May 2016 description

Washington, DC, 24 May 2016 (PAHO / WHO) - A group of bioethicists who analyzed the main ethical challenges in response to the outbreak of the Zika virus have concluded that countries are obliged to give all available information on Zika and be explicit about what is not known. Their recommendation from the ethics perspective is that countries should also give women the capacity to choose from all relevant reproductive options.

27 May 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats.

This issue covers the period 22-28 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.

27 May 2016 description

Zika virus (ZIKV) - Incidence and Trends

To date, 39 countries and territories have confirmed local, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus in the Region of the Americas since 2015 (**Figure 1**). Since the last Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Zika Epidemiological Update on 19 May 2016, no additional countries or territories confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus.

26 May 2016 description

In light of the circulation of yellow fever in several areas of the Region of the Americas, and considering current yellow fever outbreaks in countries outside of this Region, the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) advises Member States to maintain the capacity to detect and confirm cases of yellow fever, provide updated information, and train health professionals for proper detection and case management, especially in areas at risk for yellow fever circulation.

25 May 2016 description

Considerando que el virus de fiebre amarilla circula en varias zonas de la Región de las Américas y ante el actual brote de fiebre amarilla en países fuera de la Región, la Organización Panamericana de la Salud / Organización Mundial de la Salud (OPS / OMS) recomienda a los Estados Miembros que mantengan la capacidad para detectar y confirmar casos de fiebre amarilla, brinden información actualizada y capaciten a los profesionales de salud para que puedan detectar y tratar adecuadamente los casos, en especial en las áreas conocidas de circulación del virus.

25 May 2016 description

Zika virus (ZIKV) - Incidence and Trends

To date, 39 countries and territories have confirmed local, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus in the Region of the Americas since 2015. Since the last Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Zika Epidemiological Update on 12 May 2016, Argentina has confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus.

25 May 2016 description

Posted by Irene Koek on Tuesday, May 24th 2016

Resilience is one of those buzzwords that every so often captures the hearts and minds of development practitioners. The importance of this particular term, though, becomes all too clear as the world faces an increasing number of humanitarian crises, including outbreaks that can turn into pandemics.

23 May 2016 description

Main conclusions and options for response

Given the continued spread of Zika virus in the Americas and Caribbean; the evidence of an association between Zika virus infection during pregnancy and congenital CNS malformations; the association between Zika virus infection and Guillain–Barré syndrome and the risk of local vector-borne transmission in Europe during the 2016 summer season, EU/EEA Member States are recommended to consider a range of mitigation measures.

23 May 2016 description
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Attacks against communicators on the rise

Brazil is facing a freedom of expression crisis. ARTICLE 19 has documented an increase of 67% in attacks against communicators in 2015. In our latest report released to mark World Press Freedom Day, we look at the statistics and what they reveal about the root causes of freedom of expression violations. We also make some concrete recommendations of what the Brazilian government and international community could do to roll-back this worrying trend.

20 May 2016 description

20 mai 2016 – L'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a confirmé vendredi que le virus Zika, de souche asiatique, a été importé du continent américain au Cabo-Verde, un archipel de l'Afrique de l'Ouest.

Le séquençage du virus au Cabo-Verde par l'Institut Pasteur de Dakar confirme que le virus Zika circulant actuellement au Cabo-Verde est le même que celui circulant sur le continent américain et a très probablement été importé du Brésil, a précisé l'OMS dans un communiqué de presse.

20 May 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 15-21 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.

20 May 2016 description

Este boletín analiza la seguridad alimentaria, la producción y comercio de cereales y las políticas de los países referidas a la seguridad alimentaria durante el primer trimestre de 2016.

Mensajes Principales

20 May 2016 description

Hasta la fecha, 39 países/territorios de las Américas confirmaron casos autóctonos (transmisión vectorial) de infección por virus del Zika. Desde la última Actualización Epidemiológica de la OPS/OMS publicada el 12 de mayo de 2016, Argentina se agrega a los países/territorios con transmisión autóctona (Figura 1).

20 May 2016 description

BRAZZAVILLE / 20 May 2016 - Sequencing of the virus in Cabo Verde by Institut Pasteur, Dakar confirms that the Zika virus currently circulating in Cabo Verde is the same as the one circulating in the Americas - the Asian type- and was most likely imported from Brazil. This is the first time that the Zika strain responsible for the outbreaks linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly has been detected in Africa.

19 May 2016 description

Washington, DC, Atlanta, Ciudad de Panamá, 19 de mayo de 2016 (OPS/OMS - CNLA - UNICEF) – "Llamando a todos los superhéroes. Esto no es un simulacro. Nuestras comunidades han sido invadidas por mosquitos muy peligrosos y necesitamos ayuda". Con esas palabras, Cartoon Network América Latina lanza "Misión Zika", una campaña que incluye anuncios de interés público para crear conciencia sobre el virus del Zika en América Latina e instruir a los niños sobre las formas de prevenirlo.

19 May 2016 description

Washington, DC, Atlanta, Panama City, May 19, 2016 (PAHO/WHO/CNLA/UNICEF) – "Calling all superheroes. This is not a drill. Our communities have been invaded by dangerous mosquitoes and we need help." With those words, Cartoon Network Latin America is launching "Mission Zika," an educational campaign to raise awareness about Zika in Latin America, using Public Service Announcements that raise awareness about Zika and means of prevention.

19 May 2016 description
  • As of 18 May 2016, 60 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

  • 46 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).

  • 14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.