• Zika virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes mild fever and rash. Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, headache, pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis.
• Zika virus disease is usually mild, with symptoms lasting only a few days. The disease has similar clinical signs to dengue, and may be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common. There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.
In the Americas, as of 2 January, Zika virus infections have spread to 13 countries and territories: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Suriname and Venezuela. Zika is a viral disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito that causes fever, muscle and joint pain, headache, nausea and rash.
In the Caribbean region, countries have increased preparedness measures for Zika virus due to the recent confirmation of autochthonous transmission by Puerto Rico on 1 January.
Caribbean - Tropical Cyclone ERIKA
• ERIKA continues moving north-west as a Tropical Storm. On 27 August, at 9.00 UTC, its centre was located between Grand Terre of Guadeloupe and the island of Antigua.
• Over the next 24h, ERIKA’s intensity may slightly increase, but will remain a Tropical Storm. Its centre is forecast to pass near or over portions of the Leeward Islands and the British Virgin Islands on 27 August and near or north of Puerto Rico early on 28 August UTC.
Bruxelles, le 8 Novembre 2012 - Suite à l'évaluation des besoins effectuée par les experts humanitaires de la Commission européenne sur le terrain, la Commission a alloué € 6.000.000, prenant effet immédiatement, afin de fournir une assistance aux victimes de l'ouragan Sandy qui a frappé les Caraïbes la semaine dernière.
Reference: IP/12/1190 Event Date: 08/11/2012
Brussels, 8 November 2012
In response to serious damages caused by Hurricane Sandy, the European has released €6 million to bring immediate relief to the most vulnerable population severely affected by the hurricane in the Caribbean.