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22 Jul 2016 description
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners established a definition of what constitutes an outbreak, endemic transmission, and the interruption of mosquito-borne transmission in order to better characterize the level of transmission of Zika virus infection (Table 1, Fig. 2). This classification system was put into use as of the situation report of 7 July 2016.

08 Jul 2016 description

To date, 40 countries and territories have confirmed local, vectorial transmission of Zika virus disease in the Region of the Americas since 2015 (Figure 1). In addition, five countries in the Americas have reported Zika cases by sexual transmission (Argentina, Canada, Chile, Peru, and the United States of America). Since the last Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Zika Epidemiological Update on 30 June 2016, no additional countries or territories confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus.

05 Jul 2016 description

With the Zika virus spreading its wings across the region, Minister of Health and the Environment, Molwyn Joseph has announced that 1.2 million dollars has now been made available to help keep the Zika virus at bay.

Joseph made the disclosure during a national clean-up symposium at his Redcliffe Street Office.

The meeting attracted key representatives from the Central Board of Health, the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force, the National Solid Waste Management Authority, the Royal Police Force and other Ministry of Health technicians.

05 Jul 2016 description

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.

02 Jul 2016 description

Zika virus – Incidence and trends

To date, 40 countries and territories have confirmed local, vectorial transmission of Zika virus disease 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 23 June 2016, no additional countries or territories confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus.

Congenital syndrome associated with Zika virus infection

30 Jun 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

SITUATION OVERVIEW

ZIKV continues to spread: 61 countries or territories around the world report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; 40 of these are in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region.

5 LAC countries have reported person-toperson ZIKV transmission, probably via a sexual route.

Over 454,976 suspected/confirmed ZIKV cases in the LAC region as of 24 June 2016.

30 Jun 2016 description

Summary

 As of 29 June 2016, 61 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

 47 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.

29 Jun 2016 description

Virus del Zika - Incidencia y tendencia

Desde 2015 y hasta la fecha, 40 países/territorios de las Américas confirmaron casos autóctonos (transmisión vectorial) de enfermedad por virus del Zika. Desde la última Actualización Epidemiológica de la OPS/OMS publicada el 16 de junio de 2016, un nuevo territorio ha confirmado transmisión autóctona esta semana: Anguila

24 Jun 2016 description

Zika virus – Incidence and trends

To date, 40 countries and territories have confirmed local, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease 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 16 June 2016, Anguilla has confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus.

Congenital syndrome associated with Zika virus infection

23 Jun 2016 description

 As of 22 June 2016, 61 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

 47 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.

21 Jun 2016 description

The Caribbean must prepare for increased drought due to climate change

Agriculture is the sector most vulnerable to the seasonal nature of drought.

21st of June 2016, Barbados – Climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean, so countries must enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other climate related challenges to ensure food security and hunger eradication, FAO said today.

21 Jun 2016 description

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.

17 Jun 2016 description

Virus del Zika - Incidencia y tendencia

Desde 2015 y hasta la fecha, 39 países/territorios de las Américas confirmaron casos autóctonos (transmisión vectorial) de enfermedad por virus del Zika. Desde la última Actualización Epidemiológica de la OPS/OMS publicada el 9 de junio de 2016, ningún nuevo país/territorio ha confirmado transmisión autóctona.

17 Jun 2016 description
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17 June 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO)/the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and partners have set out their strategic response to Zika which will place a greater focus on preventing and managing medical complications caused by Zika virus infection. To date, US$121.9 million are necessary to effectively implement the Zika Strategic Response Plan, July 2016 to December 2017.

16 Jun 2016 description

 The third meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus was held by teleconference on 14 June 20161. The committee concurred with the international scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and GBS, and, consequently, that Zika virus infection and its associated congenital and other neurological disorders is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

16 Jun 2016 description

Zika virus - Incidence and trends

To date, 39 countries and territories have confirmed local, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease 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 9 June 2016, no additional countries or territories confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus.

14 Jun 2016 description

Journal articles or issuesJune 2016Emily Wilkinson, Emma Lovell, Barbara Carby, Jenni Barclay and Richard E.A. Robertson

In the Small Islands Developing State (SIDS) of St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean, the most destructive disasters in terms of human casualties have been the multiple eruptions of La Soufrière volcano situated in the north of St Vincent. Despite this major threat, people continue to live close to the volcano and national development plans do not include risk reduction measures for volcanic hazards.