zika

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.

UN health agency warns El Niño may increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes spreading Zika

The above-average rainfall caused by El Niño that is expected in parts of South America until May could cause floods and increases in diseases spread by mosquitoes, including malaria and the Zika virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

In Brazil, UN health chief calls for better coordination in fight against Zika

Continuing efforts to bolster the international response to Zika, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan arrived today in the northeast of Brazil to visit the area most affected by neurological disorders suspected of being linked to the virus, including microcephaly in babies.

Zika: UN health agency launches global response strategy; Member States briefed on outbreak

As World Health Organization officials briefed United Nations Member States in New York today on the Zika virus outbreak, the agency launched a global strategy to guide the international response to the spread of the virus and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it.

Upholding women’s human rights essential to Zika response – UN rights chief

Upholding women’s human rights is essential if the response to the Zika health emergency is to be effective, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said today, following the advice to women by some governments to delay getting pregnant due to the possible link between the virus and neurological disorders affecting newborns.