WHO Zika - updates

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Zika crisis fueled by 'massive policy failure' – WHO chief

May 24, 2016 - 1:50 PM

The World Health Organization s Margaret Chan also warns that failure to provide universal access to sexual and family planning services has exacerbated the crisis

epa05325198 China's Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) adresses her statement, during the 69th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 23 May 2016. The decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) meets from 23 to 28 May 2016 in Geneva. EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

WHO warns of risk of 'marked increase' in Zika cases

Apr 25, 2016 - 8:30 PM

As seasonal temperatures begin to rise in Europe two species of Aedes mosquito which we know transmit the virus will begin to circulate the WHO says

HEALTH THREAT. Doctor William Araya shows a jar with larvas of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, that transmit the Zika virus, the Dengue and the Chikunguna, at a laboratory in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 27, 2016. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

South America holds crisis meeting as Zika 'nightmare' spreads

Feb 04, 2016 - 10:04 AM

Ministers from 14 countries held talks in Uruguay to plot their response to the growing crisis with fears the virus could spread worldwide

A Mexican Health Ministry worker fumigates a house in Oaxaca, Mexico, 02 February 2016. Mario Arturo Martinez/EPA

Zika virus: US reports sexually transmitted case

Feb 03, 2016 - 8:21 AM

UPDATED The case in Texas fuels fears over the rapid spread of the disease blamed for a surge in the number of brain damaged babies

DANGER. A view in a macro lens of Aedes aegypti mosquito, at the epidemiology department of Guatemala city, Guatemala, February 1, 2016. Esteban Biba/EPA

Zika virus: WHO declares global health emergency

Feb 02, 2016 - 5:29 AM

UPDATED The WHO declares a surge in serious birth defects in South America is strongly suspected of being caused by the Zika virus and constitutes an international health emergency

DISINFECTION. Local workers disinfect the famous Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 26 January 2016, ahead of the beginning of Rio's Carnival parades, on next 05 February, to fight against the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which spreads the Zika, Dengue and Chikunguna viruses. Photo by Marcelo Sayao / EPA