Hurricane Irma Relief, Solidarity and Mutual Aid Guide

Hurricane Irma devastated the Leeward Islands as a category 5 hurricane. 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 this hurricane.

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

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 8, 2017, 10pm AST

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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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