EOC Situation Report #21
Thursday, 11 June 2009
6:00 pm, EDT
- The World Health Organization raised its global pandemic alert level to Phase 6 today. This means that sustained community transmission of a new influenza virus has now been confirmed in more than one WHO region, and that a global pandemic is now officially declared. Read the Director General's statement to the press.
- It is important to note that the change in phase reflects geographical spread of the new influenza A (H1N1) virus, and not the severity of illness that it causes.
- At this time, WHO considers the overall severity of the influenza pandemic to be moderate. This assessment is based on scientific evidence available to WHO, as well as input from its Member States on the pandemic's impact on their health systems, and their social and economic functioning.
- Countries should prepare to see cases, or the further spread of cases, in the near future. Countries where outbreaks appear to have peaked should prepare for a second wave of infection.
- Guidance on specific protective and precautionary measures has been sent to ministries of health in all countries. Countries with no or only a few cases should remain vigilant.
- Countries with widespread transmission should focus on the appropriate management of patients. The testing and investigation of patients should be limited, as such measures are resource intensive and can very quickly strain capacities.
- WHO continues to recommend no restrictions on travel and no border closures.
- For the latest reports on the status of Influenza A(H1N1) in the Americas please check the daily epidemiological alerts available in the PAHO website.
- Guidance for national authorities.
- PAHO's influenza A (H1N1) portal.
- Pan American Health Organization website.
- World Health Organization website.
- For constant updates on the influenza A(H1N1) situation, check the PAHO and WHO channels in Twitter.
The PAHO/WHO Emergency Operations Center Situation Report will issue situation reports as the situation requires.
- Situation Report # 21, June 11 (PDF) - English - Spanish - French
- Situation Report # 20, May 22 (PDF) - English - Spanish - French
- Situation Report # 19, May 15 (PDF) - English - Spanish - French
- Situation Report # 18, May 12 (PDF) -English - Spanish - French
Estos eventos paralelos se llevarán a cabo en la ciudad de Santiago del Estero, Argentina, entre los dias 20-24 de octubre de1 2014.
Como parte de los importantes esfuerzos que se desarrollan en las Américas para analizar la situación actual de las Enfermedades Transmitidas por Vectores (ETV), el Ministerio de Salud de Argentina con el apoyo técnico de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS/OMS) desarrollarán, del 20 al 24 de octubre de 2014 en la ciudad de Santiago del Estero...
The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is urging member countries that have mosquitoes that transmit dengue and chikungunya to step up their vector-control efforts and prepare for a possible increase in patients suffering from these diseases.
In May of 2014, the meeting “the State of the Art for the Prevention and Control of Dengue in the Americas” was held in Washington DC, organized by the Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis through the Unit of Neglected, Tropical and Vector Borne Diseases. Select this link to find the final report (English version). Comments and inquires must be address to Dr. Jose Luis San Martin, Regional Advisor on Dengue in the Americas.
PAHO Director Message on World Health Day 2014 (03/18/2014)
An educational video game on dengue (07/26/2013)
13º International Dengue Course (01/08/2013)
New CDC test for dengue approved (07/03/2012)
12th International Dengue Course (8-19 August 2011) (01/05/2011)
Aedes Aegypti: medidas para el control del vector (11/29/2010)
External Parties Materials: Dengue (04/21/2009)
Call to Action: Dengue (24 March 2009) (03/24/2009)