NewsLady Posted February 6, 2019 Share Posted February 6, 2019 Health Alert - U. S. Embassy Panama City, Panama (February 6, 2019) Location: Loma Yuca, Santa Catalina District, Comarca Ngäbe Buglé (Bocas del Toro, Chiriqui, Veraguas), Panama Event: On February 1, 2019 the Panamanian Ministry of Health announced that Panama is experiencing an outbreak of whooping cough (Pertussis). As of January 31, 2019, the Ministry reports a total of 81 cases, with nine confirmed deaths. All of the cases occurred in the northwest mountainous area of Panama, within the Comarca Ngäbe Buglé. The Ministry reports the municipality of Loma Yuca in the Santa Catalina District represents the most affected area. U.S. government personnel are advised to verify their Pertussis vaccination is up to date. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a booster every 10 years. Actions to Take: Monitor local media for updates and the Panamanian Ministry of Health website at http://minsa.gob.pa Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for country health advisories or call CDC at 800-232-4636 or 404-639-3534. Assistance: U.S. Embassy Panama City, Panama 507-317-5000 Panama-ACS@state.gov https://pa.usembassy.gov/ State Department - Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 Panama Country Information Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates Follow us on Facebook and Twitter To unsubscribe from future messages please go to the following link: https://step.state.gov/STEP/Pages/common/Subscribe.aspx Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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