The World Health Organization at the moment declared that the Zika virus epidemic is a “international emergency” due to its hyperlink to infants born with microcephaly, a probably deadly situation leading to infants with abnormally small heads.
Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, formally labeled the outbreak’s affiliation to microcephaly a “public well being emergency of worldwide concern,” a designation the group reserves for “extraordinary occasions,” which it defines as follows:
The affiliation between microcephaly and Zika an infection is “strongly suspected” however has but to be scientifically verified. It’s not clear, the WHO admitted, how lengthy that will take. But with greater than 3,000 circumstances reported in Brazil, nevertheless, it’s clear the WHO shouldn’t be ready to seek out out.
The group is asking on governments to produce all ladies of childbearing age with the data they want relating to the dangers – in addition to present entry to counseling for girls who’re already pregnant.
The most necessary protecting measures are stopping mosquito bites in at-risk people, carrying mosquito repellent, and avoiding Zika-affected areas.
Dr. Chan referred to as for a coordinated worldwide response to accentuate the management of mosquito populations and expedite the event of diagnostic assessments and vaccines.