Outcome of the 2nd meeting of IHR Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations


Since the Emergency Committee on Zika virus first met on 1 February 2016, substantial new research has provided increasing evidence of a causal relationship between Zika virus and the occurrence of fetal malformations and neurological disorders.

A second meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) on Zika virus and microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders was convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) on 8 March 2016. 

Based on the Committee's advice, the Director-General declared the continuation of the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and issued Temporary Recommendations on further research needed on the association between microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus, as well as surveillance, vector control, risk communication, clinical care, travel measures for pregnant women, research and product development.