What is Zika?
How do you get the disease and what are the symptoms?
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.
Information and advice for pregnant women and their partners about the risks from Zika
The story of the Zika virus is changing rapidly as it spreads to new areas, new research is published and action is taken worldwide
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