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CDC has been collaborating with public health institutions in Central America since the 1960s. Through these alliances, CDC has addressed priority public health challenges in Panama, including HIV/AIDS, TB, field epidemiology training, emerging infectious diseases, and flu preparedness, detection, and response. CDC is also helping strengthen Panama’s health systems by increasing the technical skills of epidemiologists.

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Staff

CDC office (physical presence)
1 U.S. Assignee
No Locally Employed

Panama at a Glance

Population: 3,571,200
Per capita income: $12,180
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 79/74 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 17/1000 live births
Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet, 2011

Top 10 Causes of Death

Source: WHO World Health Statistics 2006
  1. Ischaemic heart disease 12%
  2. Cerebrovascular disease 11%
  3. Diabetes mellitus 6%
  4. Perinatal conditions 6%
  5. Lower respiratory infections 4%
  6. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 3 %
  7. Road traffic accidents 3%
  8. Prostate cancer 3%
  9. Violence 2%
  10. Stomach cancer 2%

What CDC Is Doing

  • 35 students graduated from the basic-level Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) as of 2011
  • One FETP advanced-level trainee is currently Director of the National HIV/AIDS program and one is the FETP coordinator at the Department of Epidemiology in the Ministry of Health (MoH)
  • 20 MoH personnel were trained in data collection using a new automated surveillance system

CDC Zika Updates

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Latest Outbreak Info

On January 22, 2016, CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to respond to outbreaks of Zika occurring in the Americas and increased reports of birth defects and Guillain-Barré syndrome in areas affected by Zika. On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) because of clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika. On February 8, 2016, CDC elevated its EOC activation to a Level 1, the highest level.

CDC is working with international public health partners and with state and local health departments to

  • Alert healthcare providers and the public about Zika.
  • Post travel notices and other travel-related guidance.
  • Provide state health laboratories with diagnostic tests.
  • Detect and report cases, which will help prevent further spread.
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  • Page last updated: October 22, 2013
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