Regional technical consultation on Zika virus

22–24 June 2016, Lisbon, Portugal

A WHO regional technical consultation on Zika virus will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, on 22–24 June 2016, bringing together the 22 countries of the WHO European Region in which the likelihood of Zika virus spread is high or moderate. 

This follows the recent publication of the first Zika virus disease risk assessment for the European Region, which shows that the overall risk for an outbreak in the Region is low to moderate during late spring and summer. While this risk varies across the Region, it is higher in countries where Aedes mosquitoes are present. 

Approximately 80 participants with expertise in epidemiology, entomology, laboratory diagnosis of arboviruses and emergency risk communication and WHO experts from the regional offices for the Americas and Europe and WHO headquarters, partner organizations and relevant stakeholders will discuss, align and prioritize activities as a basis for Zika guidance and recommendations. 

More specifically, participants will:

  • review the global Zika virus disease epidemic and share first-hand experience in affected countries,
  • share experience in preparedness and response to dengue and chikungunya outbreaks European countries and
  • identify needs, gaps and priorities to prepare for a potential Zika virus disease outbreak and to define response mechanisms, with WHO's support. 

The regional consultation is expected to reach consensus on best practices in preparing for and responding to any spread of Zika virus disease in the European Region.