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Following its discovery in 1947 until 2007 the Zika virus was regarded as a benign disease, with only 14 documented cases and no hospitalisations or deaths. In 2007 the first serious outbreak occurred, on the Pacific Island of Yap, then in 2015 it erupted in Brazil. By mid-2016 over 60 countries had reported Zika infections and scientists had confirmed a link with serious neurological conditions.

WHO has declared it a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and issued a global Strategic Response Plan focussing on the medical complications and integrated mosquito management. WHO regards it as posing a new type of public health threat with long-term consequences for families, communities and countries.

The global response will have to revolve around a collaborative effort, relying on governments, NGO’s, researchers and industry to deliver solutions, consisting of education, medical support and innovative mosquito control regimes. Rentokil operations around the globe are contributing towards this goal.


Quick Zika Facts

  • Are tests available for the Zika virus?

    Zika virus infection is confirmed through a blood test performed by a public health laboratory. There are no commercially available tests.
  • Is there a vaccine to prevent Zika virus infection?
    There is no vaccine to prevent Zika. Vaccine development is underway but may not be widely available for 10 years.
  • What treatment is there?
    There is no specific treatment for Zika. Advice given to treat the symptoms is: get some rest; drink fluids to prevent dehydration; consult your doctor about medicines for fever and pain.
  • Who is at risk of a Zika infection?
    Anyone living in or visiting an area where Zika has been confirmed and the sexual partner of a man who has Zika or has visited a Zika area.
    The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.