Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis
Influenza activity in the United States of America and Canada has continued in intensity during the second and third epidemiological weeks (EW) of 2013. Outpatient visits for influenza like illness (ILI) has in both countries been above the expected average, likely due the co-circulation of other respiratory viruses. In the United States of America hospitalizations associated to influenza and deaths caused by pneumonia and influenza have continued to increase.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / World Health Organization (WHO) reiterates the series of recommendations to Member States preparing for an upcoming influenza season in order to face the possible increased circulation of the influenza virus.
|Read the full document: 25 January 2013 Epidemiological Update: Increase of influenza activity in North America|
Countries of the Americas aim to halt transmission of schistosomiasis by 2020
Representatives of countries affected by schistosomiasis, a chronic parasitic infection, met last week in Puerto Rico to define a roadmap for halting transmission and verifying the elimination of the disease. Schistosomiasis affects primarily school-age children in rural areas of certain countries in the Americas.
La Fiebre Aftosa ha sido causa permanente de preocupación a nivel global, dadas las frecuentes introducciones y el impacto negativo de la enfermedad en alguno de los territorios libres con o sin vacunación
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