- CDC’s Centro de operaciones de emergencias (EOC) was activated January 22, 2016, and moved to a level 1 activation-the highest level - on February 8, 2016. The EOC is the command center for monitoring and coordinating the emergency response to Zika, bringing together CDC scientists with expertise in arboviruses like Zika, reproductive health, birth defects, and developmental disabilities, and travel health. Their work includes:
- Developing laboratory tests to diagnose Zika
- Conducting studies to learn more about the link between Zika and microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome
- Monitoring and reporting cases of Zika, which will help improve our understanding of how and where Zika is spreading.
- Providing guidance to travelers and Americans living in areas with current outbreaks
- Surveillance for the virus in the United States, including US territories
- Supporting in Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands, and Panama on the ground
- CDC’s EOC is currently home to more than 300 CDC staff working in collaboration with local, national, and international response partners to analyze, validate, and efficiently exchange information about the outbreak.
- The EOC has resources to rapidly transport diagnostic kits, samples and specimens, and personnel.
- The EOC is serving as CDC's command center for monitoring and coordinating the emergency response to Zika, including the deployment of CDC staff and the procurement and management of all equipment and supplies that CDC responders may need during deployment.
|As of 1 March 2016||Pending||Actual||Finalizada|
|Joao Pessoa, Brazil||1||13||2|
|Panama City, Panama||0||1||0|
|Pago Pago, American Samoa||1||7||1|
|San Juan, PR||22||19||12|
- Before 2015, Zika virus disease (Zika) outbreaks occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
- En mayo del 2015, la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) emitió una alerta con relación a los primeros casos confirmados de infección por el virus del Zika en Brasil.
- Currently, outbreaks are occurring in muchos países y territorios.
- On January 22, 2016, CDC activated its Centro de operaciones de emergencias (EOC) to respond to outbreaks of Zika occurring in the Americas and increased reports of birth defects and Guillain-Barré syndrome in areas affected by Zika. On February 8, 2016, CDC elevated its EOC activation to a Level 1, the highest level.
- On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) because of clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika.
- On February 8, 2016, President Obama announced a request for $1.8 billion in emergency funds for several agencies to accelerate research into a vaccine and educate populations at risk for disease.