Around 15 countries are preparing to test a technique that sterilizes male mosquitoes using radiation as part of a global health effort to control diseases such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika.
4 dead following attack on UN monitoring team near Nigeria-Cameroon border
Four people have been killed during an attack by unknown assailants on a UN monitoring team, close to the border between Nigeria and Cameroon.
Europe needs to build on “existing systems” to fight Zika and prevent any possible outbreak.
This was the conclusion reached on Friday by disease surveillance and control experts who were attending a three-day meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.
A decision on when to start field trials of a nuclear technique to stop the spread of the Zika virus will be made next month.
Medical professionals from Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa have been trained in a nuclear-derived technique that can quickly detect the Zika virus.
Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) can detect the virus within three hours.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is offering to help Brazil and other countries in the Americas reduce the mosquito population as part of the battle against Zika.
The medical condition which causes birth abnormalities in babies that’s being linked to the Zika virus is the main threat to health, the World Health Organization (WHO) emphasized on Wednesday.
Zika virus now in at least 18 countries in Latin America and Caribbean
A virus that could result in devastating birth defects has now spread to at least 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a branch of the World Health Organization.