Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Brazil Declares End to Zika Emergency After Fall In Cases

Brazil Declares End to Zika Emergency After Fall In Cases

The decision to end the state of emergency evaluates four aspects: the impact on public health, the uncommon or unexpected nature of the virus, if there is a risk for global contagion, and if there is a significant need for restrictions on worldwide commerce or travel.

The virus had affected nearly 30 countries as the World Health Organisation imposed an worldwide emergency. No locally transmitted cases of Zika virus have been reported in Kentucky.

After imposing a national alert in November 2015, Brazil initiated a campaign to eradicate the mosquitoes (A. aegypti and A. albopictus) responsible for spreading the disease.

The BBC have recorded around 95% less cases between this January and April, compared to the same time previous year in 2016. No deaths related to the virus had been reported this year, it added, ...

"The end of the emergency doesn't mean the end of surveillance or assistance" to affected families, said Adeilson Cavalcante, the secretary for surveillance at Brazil's health ministry.

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Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. Microcephaly is a condition where a baby's head is smaller than normal because the brain does not develop properly.

Zika is linked to a birth defect in babies born to pregnant women infected with the virus. Many people infected with Zika virus experience mild or no symptoms, so may not even suspect that they're infected.

"The Health Ministry and other organisations involved in this area will maintain a policy of fighting Zika, dengue and chikungunya". "The ZIKA VLP vaccine offers an effective and safe strategy to create a prophylactic vaccine that protect against Zika infection as well as its serious effects such as microcephaly", said Jose M. Galarza, TechnoVax CEO.

However, doctors have warned that victims of the disease must not be forgotten.

However, WHO lifted the emergency in November a year ago. For the past 18 months, travelers have been wary of visiting Brazil due to the mosquito-borne Zika virus - and for good reason.

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