Recent Outbreaks and Incidents - 2016

For a list of the latest updates, please see the What’s New page or visit CDC’s Current Outbreak List.

Aedes Mosquito Zika Virus Disease Outbreak

Outbreaks of Zika are occurring in many countries and territories. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly, and is linked to other problems in fetuses and infants infected with Zika before birth. CDC is also investigating the link between Zika and Guillain-Barré syndrome. CDC has posted travel notices and is working with partners around the world to better understand and control Zika.

Satellite photo of hurricane.Hurricane Matthew(

Category 4 Hurricane Matthew struck the south-west coast of Haiti at 0700 local time (1200 GMT) on 4 October. Wind speeds of 230km/h were recorded, causing widespread damage, flooding and displacement.

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