Issue No. 10 [2009]
PAHO, Catalyst for Health in the Americas. Health: Our Most Basic Asset.
May 20, 2009


A H1N1 Influenza Virus

A H1N1 - An Outbreak Timeline

Science Magazine. 8 May 2009.

Article: Out of Mexico? Scientists Ponder Influenza A H1N1 Origins

"I'm amazed at the capacity we have with the information and communication technologies," says epidemiologist Mirta Roses Periago, head of the Pan American Health Organization. "We used to do things with our hands and smelling and looking at the patients." During the past few weeks, she notes, scientists have rapidly shared sequences of the viruses, digital images of patient x-rays, and electron micrographs of the new H1N1.

"At this point in history, this is the best surveillance we've ever had," said Keiji Fukuda, one of WHO's assistant director generals.

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Public Health Emergency of International Concern

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO) of the World Health Organization (WHO) coordinating the actions with the health authorities and governments of the Region in order to preserve the health, our most basic asset.

PAHO Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Portal

PAHO Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

La Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), Oficina Regional para las Américas (AMRO) de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) coordinando las acciones con las autoridades sanitarias y gobiernos de la Región para preservar la salud, nuestro recurso más valioso.

Pan American Health Organization Interactive Map of A/H1N1 Situation in the Americas


PAHO Human Cases of Influenza A(H1N1) in the Americas - Interactive Map

PAHO have been published an daily update of the A/H1N1 situation in the Americas, in an interactive map that is accesible from the PAHO A/H1N1 Influenza Portal. This map have been also disseminate by the, an official U.S. Government Web site managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

World Health Organization World Map of A/H1N1 Situation

The WHO Timeline of Influenza A(H1N1)Cases - Interactive Map is published at the WHO Influenza Portal and is also disseminate by the Web site.

This interactive world map shows the cumulative spread of new influenza A(H1N1) cases as they were reported to WHO beginning 26 April 2009. These numbers relate to laboratory confirmed cases and deaths.
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PAHO Latest News

PAHO Videos A(H1N1).
Mexico was struck worse than any other country that were affected by A H1N1 flu, but because of a strong national preparedness plan and the quick decision made by the mexican authorities after this new virus was identified the outbreak was prevented from spreading unchecked.
A H1N1 Mexico's Continued Response. Video by PAHO Team in Mexico.

PAHO - latest press releases - A(H1N1)
- Emergency Operations Center Update on Influenza A(H1N1)
- Joint FAO/WHO/OIE Statement on influenza A(H1N1) and the safety of pork
- PAHO Urges Southern Hemisphere to Remain Alert for Influenza A(H1N1)
- Collaboration in response to the A(H1N1) virus highlighted
- PAHO Urges Equitable Access to Influenza Vaccines
- PAHO Director Urges Close Monitoring of New H1N1 Influenza Virus

Addressing a special session of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Mirta Roses, said that much more information is needed to gauge the threat presented by the new H1N1 influenza virus. Nevertheless, she said, the countries of the Americas are better prepared today than in the past.
Recent readiness efforts mean countries are better prepared to respond
Director's Presentation »
Webcast - Director's briefing to OAS

 OPS - Noticias más recientes - A(H1N1)
- Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias, Actualización de Gripe por A(H1N1)
- Declaración conjunta FAO/OMS/OIE sobre la gripe por el virus A(H1N1) y la inocuidad del cerdo
- Influenza
- Destacan nivel de transparencia y colaboración regional ante la influenza A(H1N1)
- OPS: acceso equitativo a las vacunas antigripales
- Directora de la OPS: Debemos fortalecer la vigilancia

En una sesión informativa especial ante el Consejo Permanente de la Organización de Estados Americanos en Washington, la Directora de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), Dra. Mirta Roses, dijo que falta mucha información para poder caracterizar la amenaza que presenta el nuevo virus de la gripe A(H1N1). Sin embargo, gracias al trabajo conjunto en salud pública de los últimos años, los países de las Américas están mejor preparados que antes.
Los países hoy están mejor preparados que antes para responder.
Presentación de la Directora »
Webcast - Presentación de la Directora en la OEA

62nd World Health Assembly (WHO-WHA)
18-22 May 2009

Full coverage of the World Health Assembly

UN, WHO heads meet vaccine manufacturers
19 May 2009.- WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with over 30 vaccine manufacturers from developing and developed countries. Industry representatives affirmed their cooperation in making vaccine supplies available to developing countries.
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World Health Assembly opens amid concerns about flu pandemic
18 May 2009.- The 62nd World Health Assembly opened today in Geneva, as officials from 193 member countries began their annual review of the activities of the WHO and set new priorities for the future.
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62nd World Health Assembly. Key issues


AMRO's delegation to the 62nd World Health Assembly Read more »

Delegación de OPS a la 62a. Asamblea Mundial de la Salud Leer más »



Global Public Health response to the alert for A/H1N1 Influenza Virus

WHO is coordinating the global response to human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) and monitoring the corresponding threat of an influenza pandemic.

WHO Press Conferences

The World Health Organization has been giving a regular meeting with the press on a daily basis since last 26 April 2009. The need for information to all levels of our society is an important fact and WHO is looking to help fill that gap by providing updated information about the current situation and the actions that have should be taken to protect the health of the people all around the world supporting the countries on strengthening their defenses to be better prepared to respond under a situation of pandemic influenza.
Access to the Press Conferences on WHO Website

Dr Margaret Chan
Director-General of the World Health Organization
Latest Speeches

PAHO Press Conferences

PAHO Press Conferences on Influenza A(H1N1) have been taken place at PAHO HQ since Sunday, May 3 2009, by Dr. Jon Andrus, PAHO's Senior Technical Advisor in Immunizations.

During the first week Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO's Director and Dr. Socorro Gross, PAHO's Assistant Director, were also attended the conferences to support any public health policies issues that were discussing during the questions and answers section.

A daily update by PAHO on Influenza virus A(H1N1) briefing the most recent news, guidelines, clinical managment and recommendations about the situation in the Americas have been taken place at PAHO HQ, Webcasts recording the sessions are accesible from:
Access to the Press Conferences on Youtube
PAHO Webcasts




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