Zika virus disease
Social science research is an essential part of effective risk communication and community engagement for responding effectively to the ongoing Zika outbreak, as it is the case for any epidemic or pandemic. This interactive map allows you to gain an overview of such research to input into the response.
Knowledge Attitudes and Practice (KAP) surveys and other social science research allows responders to rapidly obtain valuable and insightful information in order to tailor interventions to better address people's needs at community level, thereby contributing to the overall public health response to Zika virus and its potential complications.
Science in action – interviews with Zika experts
Zika virus poses many questions and concerns for humanity. Scientists and experts are racing to understand the relationship between Zika virus infection and associated neurological complications. The Institut Pasteur, WHO and other partners convened researchers and public health experts working on this ongoing public health emergency to share preliminary results and discuss next steps.
These series of videos cover exclusive interviews with experts who work in a diversity of scientific domains: vector control, diagnostics, Zika and its neurological complications such as Guillain-Barré syndrome and microcephaly, as well as vaccine development for Zika.
Communities in Colombia step up their response to Zika virus disease
Communities in Barranquilla, Colombia are actively responding to Zika virus and its potential complications through risk communication and community engagement activities as well as vector control.
Networks of health care workers and volunteers are raising awareness and engagement in schools and neighborhoods to promote prevention of the Zika virus by open discussions, educational games and even home visits.
"Fight Zika": using animation to spread the word
WHO supports governments and response agencies to communicate the risk from the Zika virus disease and its suspected complications to their citizens and visitors. In collaboration with Scientific Animators Without Borders (SAWBO), WHO has produced this "Fight Zika" video focusing on controlling the Aedes mosquito which transmits Zika as well as deadly diseases such as chikungunya, dengue and yellow fever.
More language versions will follow for use in more than 60 countries currently affected by the outbreak of Zika.
Zika is a virus spread to humans by Aedes mosquitoes - the same mosquitoes that spread dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. It usually causes mild illness, with most people sick with the virus getting a slight fever and skin rash. Others may also get conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, and feel tired. The symptoms usually finish in 2 to 7 days. The best protection from Zika virus is preventing mosquito bites.
- Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.
- The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.
- People with Zika virus disease usually have a mild fever, skin rash (exanthema) and conjunctivitis. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
- There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.
- The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER)
Screening, assessment and management of neonates and infants with complications associated with Zika virus exposure in utero
Identification and management of Guillain-Barré syndrome
Prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus
Pregnancy management in the context of Zika virus infection
Surveillance for Zika virus infection, microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome
Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice surveys Zika virus disease and potential complications
Laboratory testing for Zika virus infection
Risk communication and community engagement for Zika virus prevention and control
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