News from the Post-Hurricane Caribbean: Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and More

The people living in the Caribbean continue to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria (and the human-made global warming that made these storms worse). Many Caribbean residents feel that they are being forgotten and ignored, which has the basis in the reality of economic crises across the region before these storms even entered the equation. We will be covering thier stories with updates on the post-hurricane recovery, which will include links to other media.

For relief, solidarity and mutual aid info, see our page Hurricane Irma and Maria Relief, Solidarity and Mutual Aid Guide

Updated: September 27, 2017 12 noon AST


Hurricane Irma and Maria Relief, Solidarity and Mutual Aid Guide

Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the Leeward Islands as category 5 hurricanes. This storm is affected people living in the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the United States. This guide is for people interested in supporting people affecting by these hurricanes.

You can use Charity Navigator to research aid and solidarity groups and projects.

Note: Some websites may be offline because of power issues. Try their websites again in a few days or weeks.

This guide should not be construed as any kind of political endorsement or label of groups or those helping people affected by the hurricane.

Updated: September 28, 2017, 11am AST


WHO Declares Zika Virus a Global Health Emergency, Sexual Transmission Reported in Texas

5 February 2016

The World Health Organization said this month that clusters of microcephaly andneurological disorders including Guillain-Barré syndrome occurring in areas affected by Zika virus -- currently concentrated in Brazil and elsewhere in Central and South America and the Caribbean -- is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Zika virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, the same species that transmit yellow fever and dengue. The current Zika virus outbreak is centered in Brazil, but prior outbreaks have occurred in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Typically the virus causes mild illness with fever, rash, joint aches, and conjunctivitis lasting about a week; a majority of infected people have no symptoms.

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