Brazil ends emergency zika warning after 18 months

Posted May 13, 2017

According to Brazil's Ministry of Health, there were 7,911 cases of Zika from January to April this year, compared to 170,535 cases reported in the same time last year.

While the state of emergency has officially ended, Brazil's Health Ministry will continue its mosquito-eradication efforts. The group gathered to discuss the current state of the Zika virus threat and determine what strategies and policies will best mitigate the threat.

Preclinical results of research by City College of NY scientists and TechnoVax, animal models demonstrate favorable outcomes in developing a vaccine against the mosquito-borne Zika virus. No deaths from the Zika virus have been reported in Brazil this year. It can result in children being born with abnormally small heads and brain damage.

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New York, May 11 Scientists have developed a potential ZIKA virus vaccine that may offer safe and effective protection against the infection as well as its serious effects such as microcephaly.

Brazil's Health Ministry declared on Thursday that the country's public health emergency as a outcome of the Zika virus is over. The states included in the analysis have the highest populations of Aedes aegypti, the mosquito most likely to carry and spread the Zika virus, the study authors noted. Recent evidence reveals that Zika can cause microcephaly and other fetal birth defects in infants born to women who are infected during pregnancy. A ministry statement noted there were 7,911 reported cases in Brazil in 2017's first quarter, compared to 170,535 cases in the same time a year ago.

Travel warnings issued by governments including the United Kingdom caused travellers, particularly pregnant women most at risk, to cancel trips to affected countries, while revelations Zika could be sexually transmitted heightened concern.

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It caused more concern when health officials said Zika could also be transmitted through sexual contact with an infected person.

However, doctors have warned that victims of the disease must not be forgotten. Pregnant women and their partners should postpone travel to areas with active Zika virus transmission.

The Zika virus trace in human was recorded in 1954 in Nigeria.

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