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26 May 2017 description

Situation summary in the Americas

To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease, while five countries have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases. Since epidemiological week (EW) 44 of 2016, no additional countries or territories of the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease.

North America

19 May 2017 description

More than 6,000 Venezuelans cross the border every day to buy food and medicine. Most go back, others stay and look for work, while some resort to begging.

BRASILIA, May 17 (Reuters) - Brazil is concerned about growing numbers of refugees spilling over its border from Venezuela and is creating a plan to deal with a possible mass influx if the crisis in Venezuela worsens, Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann said on Wednesday.

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09 May 2017 description

Around 400 indigenous Warao people from the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela have arrived in the Brazilian city of Manaus in the Amazon.

The authorities have declared a social emergency to seek government funds to help with the influx.

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04 May 2017 description

Sequía. Enfermedades. Terremotos. Huracanes. Más de 10,6 millones de personas en América Latina y el Caribe fueron afectadas por estos desastres en 2016.

Cada emergencia presentó sus propios desafíos, se tratara de los medios de vida afectados, la seguridad de las familias forzadas a huir de la violencia, el creciente riesgo de enfermedades transmitidas por vectores o la magnitud de grandes desastres como el terremoto en Ecuador (abril 2016) y el Huracán Matthew en el Caribe (octubre de 2016).

04 May 2017 description

Drought. Disease. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. More than 10.6 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean were affected by these disasters in 2016.

Each emergency presented its own set of challenges, whether it was addressing affected livelihoods, the safety of families forced to flee from violence, the growing risk of vector-borne diseases or the sheer scale of major disasters such as the earthquake in Ecuador (April 2016) and Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean (October 2016).

02 May 2017 description

Proyecto de la FAO apoyará la creación de una estrategia regional de gestión del virus para disminuir la población del mosquito que transmite la enfermedad.

2 de mayo de 2017, Santiago de Chile - La FAO trabajará con los países de América Latina y el Caribe para crear una estrategia regional para disminuir el impacto del virus Zika en la seguridad alimentaria de las zonas rurales.

29 Apr 2017 description

Situation Summary in the Americas

Since epidemiological week (EW) 44 of 2016, no additional countries or territories of the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease. To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vectorborne transmission of Zika virus disease since 2015, while five countries have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases (Figure 1).

18 Apr 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Regional Response Urgently Needed

(Washington, DC) – Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis is spilling across its borders, Human Rights Watch said today. Latin American governments need to apply strong pressure on the Maduro administration to address severe shortages of medicine and food in Venezuela that are causing Venezuelans to leave the country.

17 Apr 2017 description
report Government of Peru

Para atender a damnificados de lluvias e inundaciones

19:51. Lima, abr. 16. El Perú recibió un total de 232.881 toneladas de ayuda humanitaria de parte de once países para los damnificados de las intensas lluvias y las inundaciones que azotaron varias regiones del país, informó hoy el Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil (Indeci).

Las donaciones llegaron principalmente de Venezuela, país que aportó 70 toneladas de ayuda humanitaria.

16 Mar 2017 description

Washington, DC, March 15, 2017 (PAHO / WHO) —Experts on dengue and health professionals from 21 countries are exchanging experiences and best practices in diagnosis of dengue, clinical management of patients and surveillance this week, in a workshop organized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the Singapore Cooperation Program in Brasilia.

11 Mar 2017 description

Situation summary in the Americas

Since epidemiological week (EW) 44 of 2016, no additional countries or territories of the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus. To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus since 2015 (Figure 1). In addition, five countries in the Americas have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases.

Highlighted below is a summary of the epidemiological situation by sub-regions.

North America

10 Mar 2017 description

Key updates

  • Countries, territories and subnational areas reporting vector-borne Zika virus (ZIKV) infections for the first time since 1 February: None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system malformations potentially associated with ZIKV infection for the first time since 1 February: Mexico, Saint Martin

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome cases associated with ZIKV infection for the first time since 1 February: Curaçao, Trinidad and Tobago

28 Feb 2017 description

Las nuevas propuestas de investigación están dirigidas a identificar soluciones para abordar el virus. Abarcan desde la identificación de factores de riesgo de transmisión hasta la evaluación de herramientas de diagnóstico.

23 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

RESPONSE HIGHLIGHTS

• UNICEF has worked with government and non-government partners to ensure pregnant women in high-risk areas receive quality information on how to prevent ZIKV, including avoiding sexual transmission. Using mass communication, 166 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean have been reached with key preventive messages.

23 Feb 2017 description

The new research proposals are aimed at identifying solutions to address the virus. They range from the identification of transmission risk factors to the evaluation of diagnostic tools.

Geneva/Washington, DC, February 23, 2017 (PAHO/WHO)—A total of 17 new research proposals on Zika will be conducted in Latin America and the Caribbean to identify solutions to address this virus, which causes congenital brain abnormalities when pregnant women are infected, and triggers Guillain-Barré syndrome in some infected people.

15 Feb 2017 description

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies, through its Zika Operation and with technical support from the Reference Center for Institutional Disaster Preparedness (CREPD) and the Red Cross Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Reference Centre (CADRIM), held a 3-day regional meeting to revise the capacity building strategy that supports the response to the Zika outbreak.

13 Feb 2017 description

Note: The Epidemiological Update publication schedule is being changed from bi-weekly to monthly until further notice. Accordingly, the next Zika-Epidemiological Update is scheduled for 9 March 2017.

Situation summary in the Americas