IHR/Epidemic Alert and Response and Water Borne Diseases
Recent hurricanes, Sandy and Isaac, passed through several Caribbean countries, including Haiti, increased the risk of acute diarrheal diseases being transmitted by food and water and may require heightening the responsiveness of health systems in the affected areas. As such, the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) recommends that Member States take action to update their preparedness and response plans and strengthen their surveillance systems for early detection of outbreaks. Member States are called on to continue their efforts and implement actions to improve water quality and sanitation conditions.
|Read the full document: 2 November 2012 Cholera Situation - update|
Avoiding local transmission of Ebola is the goal in Latin America and the Caribbean
The Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Marcos Espinal, said that preventing local transmission of Ebola is the main goal in preparing for the eventual arrival of cases of the disease in Latin America and the Caribbean.