Zika: Then, now, and tomorrow


Where do we stand one year after WHO announced Zika as a public health emergency? International spread has continued, while surveillance has improved. In line with WHO advice, innovative approaches to mosquito control are being piloted in countries and WHO will provide sustained guidance for effective interventions and support for families, communities, and countries experiencing Zika virus.

At the one year mark, Dr Nedret Emiroglu, Director of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases at WHO/Europe, reflects on the WHO European Region’s response to the Zika outbreak – from the time it first became an international public health emergency and up to the present. “We have not let our guard down,” she says. “We continue working hand-in-hand with our countries on preparedness for Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. Countries need clear and consistent guidance on public health advice. Classifying countries based on the level of Zika virus transmission will help global and European leaders assess the risk of Zika virus infection for their residents and travellers and adapt health recommendations.”

Dr Emiroglu also explains WHO/Europe’s plans to address the long-term nature of Zika virus and its associated complications. Read her complete comments by following the link below.