Zika virus [to 29 October 2016]

Zika virus [to 29 October 2016]
Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
http://www.who.int/emergencies/zika-virus/en/

[See ZikaPLan announcement in Milestones section above]

Zika situation report – 20 October 2016
Full report: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/250590/1/zikasitrep20Oct16-eng.pdf?ua=1
Key Updates
:: Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:
… None
:: Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
… None
:: Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
… None
:: The Ministry of Health of Viet Nam has reported a case of microcephaly, for which testing is underway to determine the cause.
:: The WHO Zika Virus Research Agenda has been published. The goal of the Agenda is to support the gathering of evidence to strengthen essential public health guidance to prevent and limit the impact of Zika virus and its complications. The Research Agenda identifies critical areas of research for which WHO is uniquely placed to implement and coordinate global action. [see below]
:: The quarterly update of the Zika Strategic Response Plan has been published. This update provides key information on the epidemiological situation, response, and updated funding information for WHO and partners.

Analysis
:: Overall, the global risk assessment has not changed.

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WHO Zika virus research agenda
October 2016 :: 19 pages
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/ZIKV/PHR/16.1
PDF: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/250615/1/WHO-ZIKV-PHR-16.1-eng.pdf?ua=1
Overview
The goal of the WHO Zika Virus Research Agenda is to support the generation of evidence needed to strengthen essential public health guidance and actions to prevent and limit the impact of Zika virus and its complications.

The Research Agenda identifies critical areas of research where WHO is uniquely placed to implement or coordinate global activities. Research and evidence are the foundation for sound health policies.

A document summarizes the ongoing efforts of the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization, Institut Pasteur and the networks of Fiocruz, CONSISE and ISARIC to generate standardized clinical and epidemiological research protocols and questionnaires to address key public health questions. Specifically, data collected using the standardized protocols will be used to refine and update recommendations for prevention of Zika virus spread, surveillance and case definitions for microcephaly, to help understand the spread, severity, spectrum and impact on the community of ZIKV and to guide public health measures, particularly for pregnant women and couples planning a pregnancy.
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Zika Open [to 29 October 2016]
[Bulletin of the World Health Organization]
:: All papers available here
No new papers identified.