Globe Health Organization: Caution against Zika should remain high

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New data from the Globe Health Organization (WHO) lists nations where the Aedes aegypti mosquito exists, but where there is no sign from the Zika virus.

Even though a decline in cases of Zika virus infection has been reported in certain countries, there is still a requirement for heightened vigilance, the WHO documented today, issuing fresh guidance on herpes that has been linked to birth defects and nerve complications.

The pest is considered to be the main transmitter from the disease, which has been identified in more compared to 80 countries to date.

As such, WHO says that general, the global risk assessment has not transformed and “ the [Zika virus] continues to spread geographically in order to areas where competent vectors are present. ”

The current data provides some 70 countries to the listing of those considered to be “ at-risk. ” These are countries where there’ s i9000 no sign of the virus, yet where the Aedes aegypti mosquito exists; it is considered to be the main carrier from the virus.

Speaking to EL News in Geneva, WHO specialized Officer Monika Gehner said: “[The new guidance] helps us, since now we can assess risks a lot more precisely. Now, even if you do not have Zika virus transmission, but if you have the particular Aedes aegypti mosquito, you are in danger of Zika virus transmission. ”

She went on to tension that amid surging global vacation, “ a traveler who is contaminated with Zika virus may visit an area in a country and [infect] mosquitos that are set up there, and a mosquito can then transfer to other people and so on, so you possess a cycle of transmission. ”

The aim of this new EXACTLY WHO guidance is not to spread security alarm. Instead, it’ s a contact to governments to do more to avoid the spread of Zika.

This requires greater surveillance associated with mosquito populations and research in to suspected Zika infections, as well as much better diagnostic techniques and updated wellness advice to at-risk communities plus travelers.


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