EFE San Juan
Los casos de enfermedad de leptospirosis sospechosos aumentaron a 76 en Puerto Rico tras el paso del huracán María, según informó ayer en conferencia de prensa el secretario de Asuntos Públicos de la isla caribeña, Ramón Rosario.
El funcionario indicó que de esos 76 casos sospechosos solo se ha confirmado la enfermedad en un hombre que falleció en la costa norte de Puerto Rico.
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by Beth Hodges
One month ago today, Hurricane Maria roared through the Caribbean and slammed into Puerto Rico. While media coverage is beginning to fade, the suffering for so many continues. The damage to the island has been staggering with power outages expected to continue for six months or longer. Over half the residents do not have access to clean drinking water; less than 10 percent of roads are passable.
By Lara Cooper
Direct Relief shipments of critical medicines reached several communities in Puerto Rico Sunday, places where access has been a challenge.
Helicopters provided an infusion of help to the community of Utuado, as well as to the island of Vieques. The shipments sent out Sunday amounted to more than $120,000 in donated medicines and supplies.
What was once a neighborhood with a small stream running through it is now a fetid lake that has swamped homes and presents a major health concern for residents.
On Friday, trash floated through the murky green waters that have filled up homes in the Parcelas Selgas neighborhood of Florida, Puerto Rico, a municipality with the same name as the U.S. state and which sits two hours west of San Juan on the island’s north coast.
by Martha Holley Newsome | Sep 27, 2017
The past month has unleashed what seems to be a startling increase in natural and manmade disasters – hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and violence. Bringing healing to people in crisis is core to who we are as an organization. It compels us to act, and to prayerfully consider where Medical Teams can help most – where the health needs are greatest, where we can gain access to those in need, and where we have the resources to respond.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
A parking lot in San Juan turned into a staging area Tuesday morning as about 10 doctors, nurses and administrators gathered between rows of parked cars glistening in the Puerto Rico heat.
Some showed up in scrubs, some in jeans. All were ready to work with patients.
Leading the charge was Dr. Carla Rossotti, a primary care doctor who has been leading medical teams into communities that have had little to no medical care since Hurricane Maria made landfall almost three weeks ago.
By Andrew Schroeder
After the winds and rains of Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, the island was left in darkness. Electrical power generation was cut for 100 percent of households, cell phone towers went offline, and the airport and other ports closed operations, pending damage and safety reviews. In the days that followed, many municipalities, particularly in the interior, were entirely out of contact.
How severely were they affected? Had the flood waters receded? Were structures still intact?
During the week of September 5-September 9, category 5 Hurricane Irma caused destruction on multiple Caribbean islands. St. Martin/St. Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, and Turks and Caicos experienced heavy wind and rain damage. After Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria moved through the Caribbean causing damage to islands such as Dominica and Puerto Rico. St. Martin/St. Maarten, and Antigua and Barbuda experienced less damage from Hurricane Maria due to the storm’s southward position.
HOW SAMARITAN’S PURSE IS RESPONDING:
The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.
On Wednesday, Direct Relief delivered a critical shipment of nearly 16,000 doses of insulin to public health agencies in Puerto Rico. The medicine is now being distributed to health clinics and hospitals treating patients with diabetes across the island.
Puerto Rico has the highest rate of diabetes in the U.S. with 15.3 percent of the population being diagnosed with the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) y la Agencia para Sustancias Tóxicas y el Registro de Enfermedades (ATSDR) están trabajando con agencias federales, estatales y locales, así como con socios en el sector de la salud mundial, en la respuesta a los huracanes Harvey, Irma y María.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) are working with federal, state and local agencies as well as global health partners in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
This document summarizes cleared key messages about Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the response by CDC and its partners. It will be updated as new information becomes available and will be distributed regularly. Please share this document with others as appropriate.
The devastating hurricanes that swept through the Caribbean last month called for a significant humanitarian response, and Direct Relief has been working to equip local healthcare providers with key medicines and medical supplies since they first made landfall.
Direct Relief today committed an initial $250,000 in cash for community health centers in Puerto Rico to aid recovery efforts in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath. Direct Relief also committed $50,000 to support the work of La Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico’s primary care association, which represents the 20 member nonprofit corporations that operate 62 clinical sites in 53 municipalities and care for nearly 350,000 patients annually.
Bogotá, 29 de septiembre de 2017. En el marco del convenio que se desarrolla en conjunto con la Cancillería, la Cruz Roja Colombiana realizó la tarde del 28 de septiembre, atención humanitaria a 163 connacionales entre ellos 14 extranjeros provenientes de la Isla de Puerto Rico, colombianos afectados por los Huracanes Harvey, Irma y María.
A shipment of life-saving medicine for children with hemophilia was delivered to a Puerto Rico hospital on Thursday, just hours before the hospital anticipated running out.
Direct Relief staff brought doses of Factor VIII and IX, drugs that aid clotting in people with hemophilia.
At the time of the delivery, staff at the University Pediatric Hospital in San Juan estimated they had between 24 and 72 hours until their supply of the drug was depleted entirely.
As one of the few international aid agencies on the island, IsraAID's team will distribute emergency relief items, provide water, sanitation and hygiene solutions to ensure access to clean water, and offer post-trauma Psychological First Aid to the many displaced to temporary shelters.
By Andrew Schroeder
The real risks in Puerto Rico have only just begun.
Even as communication remains limited to Puerto Rico in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath, the first wave of medical shipments are leaving Direct Relief’s warehouse, bound for the island, where the need for essential medicines is high.
Staff are in contact with the Puerto Rico Department of Health, Emergency Operations Center and the Puerto Rico Primary Care Association, a network of federally qualified health centers.