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09 Feb 2016 description

by Joy Springer

The Ministry of Health disclosed today that the three latest confirmed cases of the Zika virus have occurred in women who are pregnant.

The latest results from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) bring the number of confirmed cases to seven.

According to a statement from the Ministry, the three women have been notified of the results and have been counselled.

“Specialised obstetrics care will also be provided to monitor the progress of their pregnancies,” the statement added.

05 Feb 2016 description

SUMMARY

  • An Emergency Committee was convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) on 1 February 2016. Following the advice of the Committee, the Director-General announced the recent cluster of microcephaly and other neurologic disorders reported in Brazil to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

05 Feb 2016 description

Introduction

This document outlines the strategy of the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) for the enhancement of technical cooperation to Member States in light of the rapid regional dissemination of Zika virus since November 2015. This technical cooperation builds on ongoing efforts to strengthen the detection, prevention, and response to arboviral illnesses.

Background

02 Feb 2016 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 2,380,409 Swiss francs (CHF) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the National Societies in the Americas region to deliver assistance and support to 200,000 people through direct intervention and 1 million people through indirect community engagement, with a focus on health, water, sanitation, hygiene promotion and preparedness. This regional Emergency Appeal is launched on a preliminary basis pending further assessment and revision in the coming weeks.

29 Jan 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 24-30 January 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Ebola virus disease and MERS.

28 Jan 2016 description

Latinoamerica y el Caribe, 27 de Enero 2016

Fuente: Prensa Latina

Más de 20 países de la región reportan casos y se mantienen alertas ante la aparición del virus del Zika, enfermedad trasmitida también por el Aedes aegypti, pero con supuestas consecuencias de malformaciones en fetos, éstas últimas aún por definir.

Un reciente comunicado de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) alerta sobre la expansión del virus originado en el bosque de Zika en Uganda en 1947, que además de afectar hoy a Latinoamérica y el Caribe, está presente en África y Asia.

27 Jan 2016 description

I. INTRODUCCIÓN

La infección por el virus Zika, un flavivirus, es transmitida por mosquitos del género Aedes. Aislado por primera vez en 1947 en monos Rhesus del bosque de Zika (Uganda); la infección en humanos se demostró inicialmente por estudios serológicos en Uganda y Tanzania en 1952 y se logró aislar el virus a partir de muestras humanas en Nigeria en 1968 (1).

27 Jan 2016 description

Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world

Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues