Zika virus [to 23 July 2016]
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
5 reasons to support WHO’s global response to Zika virus
Zika virus and its complications represent a new type of public health threat that requires a unique and integrated strategy. WHO/PAHO and 14 partners need a combined amount of US$122.1 million for the global response plan….
[The “five reasons” presented without supporting text available at link above]
1. WHO is the only agency with universal legitimacy in matters of international health, to lead and coordinate the response to Zika.
2. WHO helps countries develop and strengthen health and social services for individuals, families and communities affected by Zika.
3. WHO fast-tracks the availability of effective diagnostic tests, vaccines and public health guidance.
4. WHO works to prevent adverse health outcomes through mosquito control, risk communication and community engagement.
5. WHO communicates vital information to decision-makers
Zika situation report – 21 July 2016
Full report: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/246241/1/zikasitrep21Jul16-eng.pdf?ua=1
:: WHO and partners established a definition of what constitutes an outbreak, endemic transmission, and the interruption of mosquito-borne transmission in order to better characterize the level of transmission of Zika virus infection (Table 1, Fig. 2). This classification system was put into use as of the situation report of 7 July 2016.
:: As of 20 July 2016, 65 countries and territories (Fig. 1, Table 1) have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (62 of these countries and territories have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2015):
…48 countries and territories with a first reported outbreak from 2015 onwards (Table 1).
…Four countries are classified as having possible endemic transmission or have reported evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in 2016.
…13 countries and territories have reported evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in or before 2015, but without documentation of cases in 2016, or with the outbreak terminated.
:: No new country or territory has reported mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission in the week to 20 July 2016.
Zika Open [to 23 July 2016]
[Bulletin of the World Health Organization]
:: All papers available here
RESEARCH IN EMERGENCIES
A rapid review of personal protective measures for preventing Zika virus infection among pregnant women
– Vicky Nogueira Pileggi, Giordana Campos Braga, Fernando Bellissimo-Rodrigues, João Paulo Dias de Souza
Posted: 21 July 2016
Designing serological diagnostics based on evolutionarily divergent immunogenic regions in the Zika virus genome
– Hsiao-Han Chang, Yonatan H. Grad, David Camerini, & Marc Lipsitch
Posted: 18 July 2016
CDC/ACIP [to 23 July 2016]
THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2016
CDC awards $60 million to help states and territories battle Zika
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will begin making awards totaling nearly $60 million to states, cities, and territories to support efforts to protect Americans from Zika virus…
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016
Webcast: Clinical Evaluation & Management of Infants with Congenital Zika Infection
CDC will host a meeting in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics.
TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016
Transcript for CDC Media Availability: Support for Utah investigation of Zika
MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016
CDC assisting Utah investigation of Zika virus infection apparently not linked to travel
CDC is assisting in the investigation of a case of Zika in a Utah resident who is a family contact of the elderly Utah resident who died in late June….
UNICEF [to 23 July 2016]
18 July 2016
Twelvefold increase in Zika cases since Ecuador earthquake
NEW YORK/PANAMA/QUITO,– Three months after the Ecuador earthquake, the number of Zika Virus cases increased from 92 to 1,106 country-wide, with the sharpest increase in the quake-hit areas.