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27 Mar 2017 description

Regional coordination and improved warnings promote public safety, save lives

The names Matthew and Otto have been retired as tropical cyclone names because of numerous fatalities and the extensive damage they caused in 2016. Matthew will be replaced by Martin, and Otto will be replaced by Owen in the rotating list of names used for tropical cyclones in the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, North Atlantic and eastern North Pacific Oceans.

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

10 Mar 2017 description

Background On May 4, 2016, the Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Affairs, Manuel A. González Sanz, was received by the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States during a special meeting to address to situation of irregular migration flows in the region. As part of his remarks, the minister noted the recent phenomenon of irregular migration flows that have seen a significant uptick throughout the region.

03 Mar 2017 description

Both large moisture surpluses and deficits continue to significantly impact different parts of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since December, an increased locust numbers and breeding have been reported in western Mauritania, Western Sahara, and northeastern Sudan according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  2. Below-average and erratic rainfall since December has resulted in strong moisture deficits, degraded ground conditions, and poor crop prospects across parts of northeastern Mozambique.

02 Mar 2017 description

Missing Migrants Project tracks fatalities of migrants, including refugees, traveling along mixed migration routes around the world.

This map shows the different transit routes through parts of the Americas. #MissingMigrants.

24 Feb 2017 description

OVERVIEW

  • Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region experience a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanoes. El Niño and La Niña, extreme phases of natural climate cycles, periodically exacerbate the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Unplanned urban expansion, environmental degradation, and poor land-use management also increase populations’ vulnerability to natural hazards.

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

10 Feb 2017 description

DESTACADOS

• 2016 cerró con 10.7 millones de personas afectadas, 10 % más que en 2015.

• Las inundaciones ocupan el primer lugar en tipo de desastre en la región, aunque la sequía genera el mayor número de personas afectadas.

• La temporada de huracanes en el Atlántico fue la más activa desde 2012 y las más mortal desde 2005.

• Durante 2016, Naciones Unidas solicitó fondos por US$339 millones en la región.

• 2016 marcó el 25 aniversario de la Resolución 46/182 de la ONU.

10 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• 2016 closed with 10.7 million people affected, 10 per cent more than in 2015.

• Floods are the most frequent type of disaster in the region, although drought affected more people.

• The Atlantic hurricane season was more active than 2012 and more deadly than 2005.

• The United Nations requested funding for US$339 million for emergencies in the region.

• 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of UN Resolution 46/182.

More than 10 million people affected by disaster in 2016

10 Feb 2017 description

Resumen de la situación en las Américas

Desde la semana epidemiológica (SE) 44 de 2016 ningún nuevo país/territorio de las Américas confirmó transmisión autóctona vectorial de Zika. Se mantiene en 48 el número de países y territorios de las Américas que confirmaron casos autóctonos por transmisión vectorial de Zika1 y en cinco el número de países que notificaron casos de Zika transmitidos sexualmente2

A continuación, se presenta un resumen de la situación epidemiológica por sub regiones.

América del Norte

09 Feb 2017 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some 7.51 million Swiss francs (decreased from 9.27 million Swiss francs) to enable the IFRC to support National Societies world-wide to respond to the global Zika virus outbreak, delivering assistance to 7 million people for 19 months, with a focus on 10 priority intervention areas, including health emergency risk management, preparedness, vector control, community based surveillance, community engagement and psychosocial support.

02 Feb 2017 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past two weeks:

o None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past two weeks:

o None

30 Jan 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, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease since 2015 (Figure 1). In addition, five countries in the Americas have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases.

North America

20 Jan 2017 description

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past two weeks: o Angola

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past two weeks: o None

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past two weeks: o None

19 Jan 2017 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since December, increased locust numbers and breeding have been reported in western Mauritania, Western Sahara, and northeastern Sudan according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  2. Below-average and erratic rainfall over the past several weeks has sustained moisture deficits and resulted in degraded ground conditions across many parts of Uganda, Kenya, bimodal and unimodal areas of Tanzania, northern Malawi, and northern Mozambique.