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.