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Monday, November 21, 2016

Zika Virus No Longer Global 'Health Emergency,' says WHO

Just like the Ebola epidemic, the World Health Organization has announced that it no longer considers the Zika virus a global health emergency.  

"The Zika virus remains a highly significant and long term problem, but it is not any more a public health emergency of international concern," says the world health body's emergency committee chair Dr David Heymann.

WHO's executive Director Dr. Peter Salama further said,
"It is really important that we communicate this very clearly: We are not downgrading the importance of Zika,"  
"In fact, by placing this as a longer term program of work, we're sending the message that Zika is here to stay. And WHO's response is here to stay, in a robust manner."
The agency declared an emergency in February.  The WHO also reiterated the warning it issued in January that pregnant women should avoid traveling to areas where the virus was being transmitted.

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