Zika virus

Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. People with Zika virus disease usually have a mild fever, skin rash (exanthema) and conjunctivitis. These symptoms normally last for 2–7 days. No specific treatment or vaccine is currently available. The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites

Zika virus: The origins and the risk to Europe

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Countries in the Region agree to build on existing systems for rapid response to Zika virus

Countries in the WHO European Region need to build on existing systems for vector control, disease surveillance, laboratory testing and emergency risk communications in order to prevent or quickly contain any outbreak of Zika virus in the Region.

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Video – Zika virus vectors and risk of spread in the WHO European Region

Frequently asked questions (18 May 2016)

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Exercise JADE 2018 - Report

In November 2018, the Health Emergency Programme (WHE) at the WHO Regional Office for Europe conducted a functional simulation exercise called Exercise JADE (Joint Assessment and Detection of Events).

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