13 Caribbean Countries Take Part in Ebola Simulation Exercise


The Caribbean Public Health Agency, in collaboration with the Caribbean Community, has led an Ebola simulation exercise in 13 countries, the Latin American Herald Tribune reports.

Exercise Hummingbird was organized as part of ongoing capacity-building activities and simulated the introduction of a case of Ebola into each of the participating countries to test their preparedness.

“While there are no suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola in the Caribbean, the exercise was very useful, and we now know that if there was to be an imported Ebola case in the region, our public health systems are ready to respond in a way that is rational and effective,” said Carpha’s director of Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control, Babatunde Olowokure.

Taking part in the exercise were Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint-Maarten and Suriname.

Carpha’s other members are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Montserrat, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, and British Virgin Islands.

For the original report go to http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2392582&CategoryId=14092

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