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Although polio was eradicated from the region, virus samples stored in some countries may present circulation risks. A comission of experts established by the Pan American Health Organization is requesting that the countries take actions to protect against these risks.
Temporary field hospitals have been set up by Chilean armed forces in affected regions of the country, and temporary health facilities sent by other countries will be set up as soon as possible. Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Peru and Spain have also sent field hospitals to Chile.
The Minister of Health and Social Policy of Spain, Trinidad Jiménez, announced that Spain will donate 4 million doses of vaccines for Influenza A H1N1 to the countries of Latin America, in a meeting with Dr. Socorro Gross, Assistant Director of the Pan American Health Organization, and technical staff.