On 20 March 2020, the Mexico National Center for the Prevention (CENAPRED) reported that the Popocatépetl Volcano, located approximately 50 miles outside of Mexico City, registered 138 exhalations accompanied by ash. In addition, there were 106 minutes of low-amplitude tremor in the past 24 hours and ash fall was dispersed to the northeast. The report is available in Spanish at: CENAPRED.
On 19 March 2020, media reported the overflow of the Piedras Verdes river affecting 200 persons and 50 homes in Casas Grandes municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico. The report is available in Spanish at: Acronoticias Noticias.
New coronavirus: Fiocruz, Ministry of Health of Brazil and PAHO provide training in laboratory diagnosis in nine countries
Brasilia, 7 February 2020 (PAHO) - Experts from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), the Ministry of Health of Brazil and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) provided training on laboratory diagnosis of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on February 6 and 7 for specialists from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
During the activity, the participants carried out a practical exercise of molecular detection of 2019-nCoV and received diagnostic materials (primers and positive controls), in addition to reviewing and discussing the main tests and protocols available. Read more...
PAHO/WHO's Heath Emergencies Department (PHE) is currently looking for candidates for a consultancy to develop, implement, and support various online Influenza sites. The consultant will support the work of PHE’s Infectious Hazard Management Unit whose work is to supports countries in the surveillance, prevention, preparedness and control of pandemic and epidemic-prone diseases, through the development of evidence-based strategies to predict, prevent, detect and respond to infectious hazards. It also ensures the regional surveillance functions related to these hazards. Please review the terms of reference before submitting an application.
The deadline to receive applications is 19 February 2020.