Zika & National Public Health Institute News & Resources
June 1, 2016
On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared Zika a "public health emergency of international concern" and reported the need for "aggressive measures to reduce infection with Zika virus, particularly among pregnant women and women of childbearing age."
On April 13-14, public health leaders from over 20 Zika affected countries convened to discuss the social and economic impact of the disease.
NPHIs are at the forefront of efforts to diagnose and prevent infection of Zika. Below are links to resources from Member Institutes regarding Zika:
Caribbean Public Health Agency: Zika virus resource center
Center for Disease Control, United States: Zika virus resource center
European Center for Disease Control: Risk assessment: Zika in Americas and potential link with microcephaly, Guillain-Barré syndrome | Countries with Zika transmission
FIOCRUZ (Portuguese Language / Português): FIOCRUZ Zika Resource Center | FIOCRUZ answers questions in WhatsApp (Social Media) groups about Zika | Zika and Microcephaly
Guatemalan National Science Center (Spanish Language / Español): Epidemiological Information on Zika virus
InVS (French Language / Français): Situation awareness report
National Institute of Public Health, Colombia (Spanish Language / Español): Zika virus resource center
National Institute of Public Health Research, Ecuador (Spanish Language / Español): Resource center for vector-borne illnesses
National Laboratories and Health Institutes Administration (Spanish Language / Español): Preventing and recognizing Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya
Public Health and Expertise and Reference Center, Quebec (French Language / Français): Zika virus resource center
Robert Koch Institute (German Language / Deutsche): Zika virus resource center
April 13-14, 2016
"Doctors, pediatricians, neurologists, they started finding this thing we never had seen,"
- Dr. Celina Ms. Turchi, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil
Exerpt from, the Feb 7th New York Times article How a Medical Mystery in Brazil Led Doctors to Zika. Read more >>
An epidemic of Zika virus in Brazil suspected of causing a recent surge of reported cases of microcephaly, has health officials in the country suggesting that women delay pregnancy if possible.
"The presence of the active Zika virus has been found in saliva and urine."
- Paul Gadelha, Director FIOCRUZ, Brazil
"I think it's important to step back and emphasize that Zika is a mosquito-borne virus and the overwhelming majority of cases are spread by mosquitoes"
- Thomas Frieden, U.S. CDC