Zika virus and complications
6 February 2017 -- WHO and PAHO staff around the world tell their stories about preparing for and managing the Zika virus in their own region and how the response will be handled moving forward.
2 February 2017 - "We are now in the long haul and we are all in this together," said Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO. "WHO's strategic planning and commitment to work with partners for sustained interventions and research should go a long way towards bracing the world for this challenging – and still heart-breaking – effort."
WHO response to Zika virus
12 January 2017 -- WHO looks back on its key activities for the Zika response, as it refocuses priorities for the long-term management of the disease. Support from donors is crucial to continue to invest in research and development to foster a better understanding of Zika virus, and how we can prevent and treat the adverse health outcomes associated with it.
Mosquitoes kill an estimated 700 000 people a year by transmitting viruses that cause diseases like chikungunya, dengue and Zika. With the help of WHO, researchers have discovered that mosquitoes artificially infected with a bacterium called Wolbachia do not transmit these diseases as easily. Wolbachia bacteria exist naturally, and it may be possible to create populations of mosquitoes that cannot transmit deadly viruses by infecting them with the bacteria.
18 November 2016 -- Zika virus and associated consequences remain a significant public health challenge requiring intense action, but they no longer represent a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
Social science research is an essential part of effective risk communication and community engagement for responding effectively to the Zika outbreak. This interactive map allows you to gain 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.
Long term commitment
18 Nov 2016WHO commits to sustained and robust long-term response to Zika as ‘public health emergency’ is lifted.Statement from the Zika Emergency Committee
70 countriesSince 2015, 70 countries and territories reported evidence of vector-borne Zika virus transmission.Situation report
60 partnersMore than 60 global and local partners are participating in the Zika virus response.Strategic Response Plan
Situation and response
Zika: Strategic Response Plan
Zika virus outbreak global response: Interim report
Zika Virus Research Agenda
Prevention of sexual transmission
Screening, assessment and management of neonates and infants with complications associated with Zika virus exposure in utero
Identification and management of Guillain-Barré syndrome
Zika: Then, now and tomorrow
Zika digital timeline
Potential use of the polio surveillance system for the detection of Zika virus outbreaks
Fifth Emergency Committee on Zika virus
Q&A: Can a mosquito transmit more than one disease?
Dispelling rumours around Zika and complications
- Mapping social science research for Zika virus response
Promising new tools to fight Aedes mosquitoes
European countries strengthen capacities for rapid response to Zika
Zika virus and complications
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Research and development
The history of Zika virus
The history of Zika virus timeline and article summarize the spread of Zika infection from the earliest discovery in 1947 to 2016. Zika virus infection appears to have changed in character while expanding its geographical range.