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.

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