Zika virus and complications: 2016 Public Health Emergency of International Concern
27 March 2017 - WHO launches the first podcast episode in a series of 5, called Evidence in action, that focus on Zika virus infection. WHO’s experience over 2016 has shown that Zika virus and the associated neurological complications represent a long-term public health challenge. These episodes range from tracing the disease to the long term management of Zika virus syndrome.
10 March 2017 -- The updated guidance on Zika country classification can help public health authorities and policy-makers to assess the risk of Zika virus infection according to place and time of transmission and the location of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which carry the virus. This information will enable countries to guide their surveillance, preparedness and response activities.
6 February 2017 -- WHO and PAHO staff around the world tell their stories about preparing for and managing the Zika virus in their own region and how the response will be handled moving forward.
2 February 2017 - "We are now in the long haul and we are all in this together," said Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO. "WHO's strategic planning and commitment to work with partners for sustained interventions and research should go a long way towards bracing the world for this challenging – and still heart-breaking – effort."
WHO response to Zika virus
12 January 2017 -- WHO looks back on its key activities for the Zika response, as it refocuses priorities for the long-term management of the disease. Support from donors is crucial to continue to invest in research and development to foster a better understanding of Zika virus, and how we can prevent and treat the adverse health outcomes associated with it.
December 2016 - Mosquitoes kill an estimated 700 000 people a year. If infected with viruses that cause diseases like chikungunya, dengue and Zika, mosquitos can transmit them to humans in one bite. Researchers have now pilot-deployed a new technique to control diseases transmitted by mosquitoes by making use of nature.
Long term commitment
18 Nov 2016WHO commits to long-term response to Zika as ‘public health emergency’ is lifted.Statement from the Zika Emergency Committee
84 countries84 countries, territories or subnational areas with evidence of vector-borne Zika virus transmissionSituation report
60 partnersMore than 60 global and local partners are participating in the Zika virus response.Strategic Response Plan
Situation and response
Situation reports and classifications
- Zika: Strategic Response Plan
- Zika virus outbreak global response: Interim report
- Zika funding
- Zika virus country classification scheme
- Zika Virus Research Agenda
- Prevention of sexual transmission
- Screening, assessment and management of neonates and infants with complications associated with Zika virus exposure in utero
- Identification and management of Guillain-Barré syndrome
- Zika: Then, now and tomorrow
- Zika digital timeline
- Potential use of the polio surveillance system for the detection of Zika virus outbreaks
- Fifth Emergency Committee on Zika virus
- Q&A;: Can a mosquito transmit more than one disease?
- Dispelling rumours around Zika and complications
- Mapping social science research for Zika virus response
- Promising new tools to fight Aedes mosquitoes
- European countries strengthen capacities for rapid response to Zika