ZIKA: What You Need to Know

The World Health Organization has declared the spread of the Zika virus and its possible link to the birth defect microcephaly an “international public health emergency.”  The WHO said the mosquito-borne Zika virus is spreading “explosively” in the Americas with active transmission in more than 20 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America—including many areas where AmeriCares supports local hospitals, clinics and health programs. There is no vaccine or cure for Zika.

Learn how local communities are dealing with Zika’s risks and dangers in this webinar featuring AmeriCares health experts Anne Peterson, MD, MPH, and Julie Varughese, MD.  

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Details of AmeriCares Clinic’s Response in El Salvador

AmeriCares clinic in Santiago de María, El Salvador, is at the frontlines of the Zika crisis. The clinic is caring for patients with suspected Zika infections and, between November and January, saw an 18 percent increase in the number of pregnant women requesting ultrasound exams to check the health of their unborn babies.

The clinic reports every suspected case to El Salvador’s Ministry of Health. “The reporting helps identify patients but also the need for education and public health measures,” says Dr. Peterson.

There is no cure for Zika; AmeriCares clinic staff give patients pain relievers and information on eradicating mosquitos that carry the virus.