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08 Feb 2016 description

Since late last year, the Administration has been aggressively working to combat Zika, a virus primarily spread by mosquitoes that has recently been linked to birth defects and other concerning health outcomes. The Federal Government has been monitoring the Zika virus and working with our domestic and international public health partners to alert healthcare providers and the public about Zika; provide public health laboratories with diagnostic tests; and detect and report cases both domestically and internationally.

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

5 de febrero de 2016 – La Fortaleza – El gobernador Alejandro García Padilla firmó hoy una orden ejecutiva que declara una emergencia de salud pública en el país ante la amenaza del virus del zika. Esta orden ejecutiva se une al ya desarrollado plan nacional integral que busca prevenir, proteger y tratar esta enfermedad, esfuerzo que estará liderado por la Agencia Estatal para el Manejo de Emergencias y Administración de Desastres (AEMEAD). El plan involucra esfuerzos tanto en el sector público como privado, creando así la Alianza Nacional para Combatir el Zika.

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

San Juan, Puerto Rico | AFP | Thursday 1/28/2016 - 15:16 GMT

The US territory of Puerto Rico joined several Latin American countries in recommending Thursday that women avoid getting pregnant for now to protect against the fast-spreading Zika virus.

The virus -- which is "spreading explosively" in the Americas, according to the World Health Organization -- has been blamed for a surge in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads, a condition known as microcephaly.

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.