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Brazil is facing a range of challenges in protecting and caring for refugees. There are tens of thousands new arrivals from Venezuela. But there are also roughly 10,000 refugees and asylum seekers in major Brazilian cities, including in Rio de Janeiro, many of them from Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Many of them are struggling to find work.
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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its partners have successfully tested releasing sterile mosquitos from drones as part of efforts to use a nuclear technique to supress the insect that spreads Zika and other diseases.
El uso de aviones no tripulados para luchar contra enfermedades transmitidas por mosquitos abarata los costes frente a los métodos terrestres. Brasil, donde se han llevado a cabo las primeras pruebas, planea poner en marcha un plan en zonas urbanas y rurales para combatir la propagación del virus Zika.
Los resultados permitirán que los países puedan ajustar sus mensajes y alentar cambios de comportamiento de las personas para prevenir la infección y controlar mejor al mosquito transmisor.
Washington, D.C., 12 de agosto de 2016 (OPS/OMS) — Países de América Latina están realizando una serie de encuestas a nivel comunitario para identificar brechas en el conocimiento sobre el virus del Zika y así ajustar los mensajes para cambiar el comportamiento de la población en la prevención de la infección y el control del mosquito transmisor.
Findings will enable countries to modify their messages and encourage behavioral changes in the population to prevent the infection and better control the mosquito vector.
Washington, D.C., 12 August 2016 (PAHO/WHO) — Latin American countries are conducting a series of grassroots surveys to identify gaps in knowledge about the Zika virus and modify their messages accordingly to encourage behavioral changes in the population to prevent the infection and control the mosquito vector.
This risk document updates ECDC’s initial assessment of the potential health risks related to communicable diseases and other health threats for European citizens during the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the public health implications for European countries after travellers return to Europe. In addition, the document assesses the risk of disease importation from Europe to Brazil.
Total people to be reached in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016: 200 million
Affecting at least 26 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and spreading to Asia,
People are tiny on the screen of a smartphone. At first sight, the image is just a van with the logo of the Brazilian Red Cross on the roof, a rescue vehicle and a tent with a red cross. People walk around grouped by their white and red clothes. They are the volunteers working on what they call ‘D Day’. The D stands for Dengue. It is an information campaign that the Brazilian Red Cross develops periodically to inform the population how to prevent the Aedes mosquito, which transmits several diseases, such as Dengue and the Chikungunya fever virus.
Roundtable on Solidarity, Coexistence and Integration of Refugees in the City of São Paulo
Hosted by UNHCR June 3, 2015 São Paulo, São Paulo - SP, Brazil
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The Building Communities of Practice for Urban Refugees Workshop in São Paulo, Brazil
ESTA FINANCIACIÓN, QUE PROVIENE DEL PROGRAMA HORIZONTE 2020, IRÁ A PARAR A PROYECTOS QUE DEBERÁN PROBAR QUE EXISTE UNA CONEXIÓN ENTRE EL VIRUS Y DISTINTAS MALFORMACIONES CONGÉNITAS COMO LA MICROCEFALIA DETECTADAS EN RECIÉN NACIDOS EN BRASIL.
La Comisión Europea (CE) anunció hoy que destinará 10 millones de euros a la investigación del virus del zika, que actualmente afecta a varios países de Latinoamérica, en especial a Brasil, y que tiene a personas diagnosticadas en Europa.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 15 March 2016
The European Commission is today releasing €10 million for research on the Zika virus, currently affecting large parts of Latin America.
Source: Reuters - Thu, 3 Mar 2016 19:41 GMT
SAO PAULO, March 3 (Reuters) - Google engineers are working with U.N. child agency UNICEF to analyse data in an effort to map and anticipate the spread of the Zika virus, linked to birth defects among children in Brazil, the company said on Thursday.
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The Brazilian government yesterday announced that the number of confirmed cases of microcephaly have risen to 641 with the number of suspected cases standing at 4,222 .
Speaking from Recife where the suspected link between the Zika virus and microcephaly was first identified, Joao Helder Diniz, National Director of World Vision Brazil said: “It is the poorest communities in Brazil who are bearing the brunt of this disease outbreak.
By Luciana Viegas, Office of Public Information and Communication
Brasilia – The IAEA will facilitate the transfer of a gamma cell irradiator to Brazil to help the country’s battle with the Zika virus, the Agency announced at an expert meeting in Brasilia today. It could, in a few months, help scale up the production of sterile male mosquitoes to be released in selected areas of the country mostly affected by the current Zika virus outbreaks.
VIRUS ZIKA: El Zika está presente en 26 países de América Latina y el Caribe. La causa de incidencia en los casos de Gillain-Barré sigue sin conocerse, de acuerdo a la OMS, al igual que los casos de microcefalia, aunque se supone ambas están ligadas al Zika. Brasil es el país más afectado, se estima en 1,5 millones de personas afectadas, seguido de Colombia donde hay 31,500 casos.
ZIKA VIRUS: 26 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have reported cases of Zika virus. An increase in microcephaly among newborns and cases of Guillain- Barre syndrome have been reported, with suspected links to the Zika outbreak. Brazil is the most affected country with an estimated 1.5 million people affected, followed by Colombia with 31,500 cases.
A professor at George Washington University's Milken School of Public Health says the battle against the Zika virus must be focused on its associated effects.
“The problem with the Zika virus is not the disease itself,” Dr. Ronald Waldman told VOA’s "Straight Talk Africa" on Wednesday. “It’s a very mild disease that lasts about a week, and there haven't been any reported deaths from the disease alone.”
Isabela Vieira reports from Agência Brasil
The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) confirmed Friday (Feb. 5) the presence of the Zika virus, potentially capable of causing infection, in samples of saliva and urine. Fiocruz President Paulo Gadelha says the new forms of transmission will be further studied from now on.
“This confirmation is of great significance as it changes the way we conduct research as well as its level,” he reported.