On the occasion of the official visit to Puerto Rico by Dr. Jon K. Andrus, Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the Department of Health held a special presentation of the Dengue Pilot Project, funded with federal funds allocated by the CDC to the Department of Health of Puerto Rico. The project has the active participation of Dr. Concepción Quiñones Longo, Acting Secretary of Health of Puerto Rico.
Photo of the presentation of the Pilot Project for Prevention and Control of Dengue in Puerto Rico. Office of Disaster Preparedness and Response Public Health, Department of Health of Puerto Rico.
Mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other insects can be far more than a nuisance. The diseases they carry-malaria, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus, Lyme disease and many others-can cause serious illness and in some cases death. In the Americas, one out of every two people lives in an area at risk of one or more of these vector-borne diseases.
Roughly 50% of people living in the Western Hemisphere are at risk of one or more diseases carried by mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other vectors, including West Nile virus, dengue, malaria and most recently chikungunya. In a “call to action” for World Health Day 2014, top health experts from North and South America and the Caribbean urged greater efforts by governments, communities and individuals to control the spread of these and other vector-borne diseases.
A press telebriefing on a “call to action to step up the fight against vector-borne diseases in the Americas.” These include recent arrivals such as West Nile virus and chikungunya and long-established diseases such as malaria, dengue, and yellow fever.
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 Aaegypti: medidas para el control del vector (11/29/2010)