CDC established the Central America Regional Office in Guatemala in 2005. It grew out of a field station created in El Salvador in the 1960s. This evolution required a shift from functioning in a single country with a focus on entomology and parasitology to a regional office that works in eight countries and aims to strengthen capacity to detect, prevent, and control disease and respond to public health threats.
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CDC office (physical presence)
10 U.S. Assignees
17 Locally Employed
Guatemala at a Glance
Per capita income: $4,570
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 74/67 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 30/1000 live births
Source: Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet, 2011
Top 10 Causes of Death
- Lower Respiratory Infections 14%
- Interpersonal Violence 11%
- Cancer 11%
- Ischemic Heart Disease 8%
- Diabetes 5%
- Stroke 4%
- Cirrhosis 4%
- Chronic Kidney Disease 2%
- HIV 2%
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2%
Source: GBD Compare (http://viz.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/gbd-compare/), 2010
What CDC Is Doing
CDC Zika Updates
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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