zika

No longer an international public health emergency, Zika is 'here to stay' – UN health agency

Following a meeting of its Emergency Committee on Zika, the United Nations World Health Organization said that the infectious disease and its associated consequences no longer present a public health emergency of international concern, but stressed the need for sustained effort to address the disease, which has been linked to congenital and other neurological disorders.

UN health agency calls for stronger measures against Zika as Thailand confirms disease-related cases

The United Nations health agency today urged countries across the South-East Asia region to continue to take decisive action to prevent, detect and respond to Zika virus, following news that Thailand has confirmed two cases of Zika-related microcephaly.

FEATURE: How concerned should you be about Zika?

The announcement that the United States might have discovered its first cases of locally-transmitted Zika virus, and concerns raised by some of the athletes headed to the Olympic Games in Rio, are renewing fears about the disease, which the United Nations’ health agency declared a ‘public health emergency of international concern’ in February 2016.

No need to cancel or postpone Olympics due to Zika, says UN health agency

The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that based on the current assessment of the Zika virus circulating in almost 60 countries globally and 39 countries in the Americas, there is no public health justification for postponing or cancelling the 2016 Olympic Games.

Zika ‘on doorstep of Africa,’ UN health agency warns after virus confirmed in Cabo Verde

The United Nations health agency today confirmed that the Zika virus strain circulating in Cabo Verde, an island nation off the northwest coast of Africa, is the same as the one responsible for the outbreaks linked to neurological disorders and microcephaly in South America.

UN health agency foresees low to moderate risk of Zika virus spread in Europe

The overall risk of a Zika virus outbreak across Europe is low to moderate during late spring and summer, according to a new risk assessment published today by the World Health Organization (WHO), with a varying risk across the region that is higher in countries where Aedes mosquitoes are present.

UN launches multi-partner trust fund for Zika virus response

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the establishment of the UN Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) to finance critical unfunded priorities in the response to the Zika outbreak.

Zika: UN health agency launches database on worldwide virus research

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have launched a new Zika Research Projects List, a database that lists and categorizes all scientific studies on the Zika virus worldwide.

Water and sanitation likely to be best answer to Zika virus, say UN experts

Improving water and sanitation services may be the best answer to addressing the outbreak of the Zika virus, according to United Nations human rights experts, who stress that such critical factors should not be in the shadow of hi-tech solutions being considered.

UN health agency warns more cases of Zika expected with ‘further geographic spread’

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) today said the latest update on Zika virus is ‘alarming,’ with more cases expected in the coming months in a larger geographic area, and warned that modes of transmission now include sexual intercourse as well as mosquito bites.