02 Feb 2016

World Health Organization announces a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

The WHO has announced that the recent cluster of microcephaly cases and other neurologic disorders reported in Brazil, constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern World Health Organization announces a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

On 1 February 2016 the WHO advised that the recent cluster of microcephaly cases and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations reported in Brazil, constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The recommended travel measures are:

  • There should be no restrictions on travel or trade with countries, areas and/or territories with Zika virus transmission.
  • Travellers to areas with Zika virus transmission should be provided with up to date advice on potential risks and appropriate measures to reduce the possibility of exposure to mosquito bites.
  • Standard WHO recommendations regarding disinsection of aircraft and airports should be implemented.

Advice for travellers

View NaTHNaC advice for travellers, including pregnant women.

Advice for health professionals

PHE guidance on who to test for Zika virus infection and which samples to collect

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Schistosomiasis reminder for travellers

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Zika virus risk: updated country classifications

World Health Organization country risk classifications are published; UK guidance remains the same as these new classifications are reviewed Read more
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