Zika epidemics 2014-2017

Zika epidemics 2014-2017

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An outbreak of Zika virus infections was spreading in the Americas and the Pacific region.  

On 1 February 2016 WHO declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) regarding clusters of microcephaly cases and neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika virus. 

There is now a strong consensus in the scientific community about the link between Zika infection and congenital malformations, as well as developing Guillain–Barré (GBS) syndrome. 

Affected areas
The Americas, Caribbean, South East Asia
Risk group
Pregnant woman travelling to affected areas
Health risk
Central nervous system (CNS) malformations and microcephaly during pregnancy