Zika: Then, now and tomorrow
Where do we stand one year after WHO announced Zika as a public health emergency? (video announcement right)
International spread has continued, while surveillance has improved. In line with WHO advice, innovative approaches to mosquito control are being piloted in countries. WHO will continue to provide sustained guidance for effective interventions and support for families, communities, and countries experiencing Zika virus.
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.
"Along with a guidance development group, WHO has revised the Zika virus country classification scheme. The revised classification can help public health authorities and policy-makers to assess the risk of Zika virus transmission."
"The Zika Virus Research Agenda is an integral part of the response to Zika. As research helps us fill gaps in our knowledge, we will be able to issue more targeted public health recommendations and tools for prevention and care."
"In early 2015, people with skin rash and fever in Brazil tested negative for dengue virus, putting a question mark on what virus we were dealing with."
"We are developing new strategies to control the spread of Zika virus and offering quality care to families and their babies with congenital Zika virus syndrome."
"We often underestimate the importance of preparedness in health emergencies."
“More than half of the world’s people live in areas where the Aedes mosquito lives, infecting people with viruses such as Zika virus, chikungunya, dengue and yellow fever.”