Red Cross responds to Zika virus

The Zika virus outbreak that has spread across 31 countries in the Americas in recent months has created alarm among the population. As of March 15, there were 175, 636 suspected cases and 4, 160 confirmed cases across the region.

In response to the outbreak, the Red Cross has mobilized resources to respond effectively to this health emergency, in prevention, vector control, psychosocial support and – above all – awareness and information.
 
What is the Red Cross doing?
 
Educating, informing, raising awareness and collaborating in activities such as cleaning, fumigation and chemical control of mosquito populations are the main lines of action being developed to address the Red Cross responds to Zika virus outbreak with awareness and resourcesoutbreak. The International Federation is coordinating the development of outreach and awareness materials following the relevant information from recognized authorities such as the World Health Organization.
 
In addition to recommendations for controlling contact with the Aedes mosquito, efforts are being made to eliminate potential breeding sites for insect larvae. The aim is to turn these actions into habits and prevent future infection.
 
The role of volunteers is vital. National Societies in countries including Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala and Honduras have already started training their volunteers and in Argentina and El Salvador, they are conducting door-to-door visits to disseminate information and address concerns and questions that may arise about the virus.

To date, the Canadian Red Cross, with support from the Government of Canada, has deployed several aid workers to the region and is working to strengthen the capacity of five National Societies where cases have been recorded. 
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