Millions of people are on the brink of the worst humanitarian crisis in human history, as a devastating epidemic of Zika virus in Brazil intensifies.
Brazil is in the grip of a crippling pandemic, with more than 1.5 million confirmed cases, the worst in history.
The country has been battling an epidemic of birth defects, with the number of cases quadrupling over the past three months.
Now a new, highly dangerous strain of the virus has hit Brazil, spreading across the country.
Many people are afraid, and some of the world’s biggest corporations have declared their withdrawal from the country, forcing the government to close its borders.
But even if the world gets a chance to save this region, many countries in the region still have a long way to go before they can be considered fully healthy again.
“This is a momentous day in Latin America and it’s a moment in the history of Latin America,” says Fernando Lopes, head of research at the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO).
“It’s the first time in history that a pandemic has hit a country where we haven’t had a major disaster.”
The World Health Organisation is the world health organisation.
Its global network of public health experts and specialists is helping to coordinate emergency response and aid delivery.
As the virus spreads, its impact on Latin America is becoming increasingly apparent.
In Brazil, more than 30,000 people have been confirmed infected with the virus.
The number of new cases is expected to reach 4,000 by the end of the week, according to a government forecast.
More than 5,000 new cases have been reported in Colombia.
Many countries are struggling to cope.
The death toll has soared to more than 4,700, and more than 50,000 children have died from the virus since the beginning of October.
In Bolivia, there have been 5,200 confirmed cases of the new strain of Zika, the highest rate of any country.
The government says the new outbreak is being caused by a new strain found in mosquitoes, but the WHO says the virus is present in humans.
The World Bank says it is also worried about the spread of the pandemic and its potential for destabilising countries.
The IMF says it has “strong concerns” about the risk to the global economy from the outbreak, and warns that Brazil’s economy could suffer a sharp decline.
“The impact of this pandemic is very large and will take many years to address,” says IMF managing director Olivier Blanchard.
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, who was elected last year, says the world must focus on how to help Latin America.
She has called for an international summit on the Zika pandemic in 2018, as part of the IMF-led International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Forum.
“We have to help our neighbours, not just in Latin American, but also in Europe, in Africa and the Middle East,” she said.
The UN has also urged countries to speed up their response to the pandemics.
In September, the World Health Assembly called on all countries to ensure their citizens are protected and to provide adequate food, water and sanitation.
It said the spread and spread of diseases were the biggest threats to public health in the world today.
It is also urging countries to make rapid and comprehensive interventions to reduce the impact of the disease on their economies.
But while some nations have declared the pandems a disaster, others have not.
In the UK, where the Zika outbreak has hit the hardest, there has been a lull in the global response.
The UK’s government is looking at whether to declare a public health emergency.
But it says it will be up to the courts to decide whether to do so.