Zika virus ‘no longer an emer­gency’, WHO has de­clared

Fiji Sun - - World News -

London: The mos­quito-borne Zika virus will no longer be treated as an in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal emer­gency, the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) has de­clared.

By lift­ing its nine-month-old dec­la­ra­tion, the UN’s health agency is ac­knowl­edg­ing that Zika is here to stay.

The in­fec­tion has been linked to se­vere birth de­fects in al­most 30 coun­tries. The WHO says more than 2100 cases of ner­vous-sys­tem mal­for­ma­tions have been re­ported in Brazil alone. BBC Feed­back: jy­otip@fi­jisun.com.fj

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