In December, President Donald Trump signed an executive order ordering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct a comprehensive review of the Zika outbreak.
The order specifically prohibited U.S. citizens from traveling to areas where the virus is circulating.
While the CDC will be working with other agencies and with local health departments, the order specifically bans people from travel to “any U.C.L.A. county, city, or zip code that has experienced a significant increase in confirmed cases of Zika virus, or in which the number of confirmed cases in that county, district, or city or zipcode exceeds 1,000.”
The order also directs the CDC to “conduct a comprehensive public health assessment of the scope, nature, and extent of Zika-related deaths in the United States and to report any findings to the President by April 25, 2021.”
In a statement, the CDC said it was “working with our partners to implement the President’s Executive Order and to help the U.N. respond to the Zika crisis.”
It also said it is “conducting an assessment of how we can enhance coordination of efforts between U.K. and U.A.’s Health, Food and Agriculture Organization and other health authorities.”
The U.B. of Tropical Medicine and Health in Cape Town, South Africa, has conducted an unprecedented collaboration between UB’s Global Health Institute and the World Health Organization to coordinate health services for the local population.
The institute is working with the UB Health Research Institute and UB Department of Clinical Medicine to provide a 24-hour emergency clinic for people living with Zika in the country, according to the South African government.
This is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the two health systems, said UB Medical Director Dr. Richard Houghton.
The emergency clinic, which was established by UB and the WHO in partnership, will be able to help patients and their families with the Zika response.
“The emergency clinic is the only place that will be open for people who are sick with Zika virus,” Houghson said.
“People who are infected with Zika will be referred to the emergency clinic.
We will be sending people there in an emergency.”
The emergency clinics will be staffed with health workers who will also be in charge of the people who will receive treatment.
UB is the largest employer in South Africa and has been providing free health services since the beginning of the outbreak, said Dr. Peter Nsarazi, who is working closely with the WHO on the emergency clinics.
The WHO and the UBI are coordinating the emergency response in partnership with South African authorities.
Nsarsi said the emergency services would be available for the population to receive treatment in the meantime, and that UB would be working to provide free care to those in need.
“We have a lot of capacity, which is a tremendous resource for us, and we will use it to the best of our ability,” Nsari said.
The United Nations has agreed to provide $6 million in emergency funds to the country.
The UN has also agreed to coordinate the response to the crisis.
The South African Health Service said that the government is expected to announce the results of the emergency planning by April 23.