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WHO declares end of Zika emergency, but still needs action

  • A woman stands near a poster to explain about the Zika virus, the Health Ministry office in Jakarta

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GENEVA – The world health organization (WHO) declared on Friday that the Zika virus and related neurological complications will no longer constitute an international emergency numbers, but said it would continue to work on the outbreak by means of a “robust program”.

The WHO’s Emergency Committee, declared an international public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) in February, said in a statement that she felt that “the Zika virus and the associated consequences remain a major long-term public health challenge requiring intense action, but not longer represent a PHEIC.”

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“We are not downgrading the importance of Zika, by placing this as a longer programme of work, we send the message that Zika is here to stay,” Dr. Peter Salama, Executive Director of WHO’s Emergency Programme, told a news briefing.

 

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