WHO launches the Zika Outbreak’s Global Emergency Response Plan

“[…] The Zika situation is particularly serious because of the potential for further international spread, given the wide geographical distribution of the mosquito vector, the lack of population immunity in newly affected areas, and the absence of vaccines, specific treatments and rapid diagnostic tests. […]”

This statement by Margaret Chan, Director General of the WHO, opens the Strategic Response Framework launched last week by the WHO to face the spread of Zika virus infection, object of Americas’ recent crisis.

From the 1st February 2016 Zika outbreak in the Americas has been officially classified as Public Health Emergency of International Concern on recommendation of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee.

According to WHO an amount of c.a. $56 million is need to fully implement the Strategic Response Framework.

Read WHO full press release here.

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