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CARICOM to strengthen its Chikungunya and Ebola response

by | Sep 16, 2014

NEWS GRAPHIC 8The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is formalizing recommendations to deal with any possible incidence of the Ebola virus and is ramping up efforts to respond to the Chikungunya epidemic.

Chief Medical Officers and other technical health experts from CARICOM Member States met via video conference to rationalize the Region’s response to the two diseases.

The meeting was convened by the CARICOM Secretariat in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

Discussions additionally focused on the need to urge a calm but prudent response when applying the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation with regards to the Ebola virus.

There has also been a recommendation for no restrictions on travel and trade in areas where the Ebola transmission has occurred.

Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Dr Carissa Etienne assured that there was a very low death rate from Chikungunya, despite the significant illness and disability it causes.

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