NewsExpress banner Firstbank Verve banner Fidelity bank card banner Umm Sulaim's Thoughts Camano banner

Mosquito-borne Zika virus spreading explosively: WHO

By News Express on 30/01/2016

Gmail icon

Views: 2,088


The mosquito-borne Zika virus may infect up to four million people, the World Health Organization said, as the agency convened to decide if the outbreak should be declared an international health emergency.

Dr Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, said in a statement on Thursday that the level of alarm was “extremely high”.

“Last year, the virus was detected in the Americas, where it is now spreading explosively. As of today, cases have been reported in 23 countries and territories in the region,” Dr Chan said.

“Arrival of the virus in some places has been associated with a steep increase in the birth of babies with abnormally small heads and in cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome.” The syndrome can cause temporary paralysis.

Meanwhile, Marcos Espinal, an infectious disease expert at the WHO’s Americas regional office, said: “We can expect three to four million cases of Zika virus disease.” He gave no time frame, the Reuters news agency reported.

Dr Chan said a causal relationship between Zika virus infection and birth malformations and neurological syndromes was not yet established, but was “strongly suspected”.

She said the emergency committee would advise her on Monday in Geneva on the appropriate level of international concern and on recommended measures that should be undertaken in affected countries and elsewhere. Dr Chan will also ask the committee to prioritise areas where research is most urgently needed.

To step up its fight against the mosquito, Brazil has deployed thousands of municipal, state and federal workers, including soldiers, to scour cities for mosquito breeding grounds, fumigate and educate residents on the dangers of still and stagnant water, where the female insects lay their eggs.

On February 13, the government will deploy 220,000 troops in a one-day mobilisation to hand out leaflets and help identify potential trouble spots.

“All of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are trying to coordinate so that they take exactly the same measures to diminish not only the breeding grounds of this mosquito which also carries dengue and chikungunya, but also to prevent it from spreading from one country to another,” Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reported from Santiago, the capital of Chile.

The Zika virus was first detected in 1947 in Uganda, and for decades caused only mild diseases across Africa and equatorial Asia. But Chan noted that “the situation today is dramatically different”.

There is no specific treatment or vaccine for Zika, which is related to Dengue. Scientists have struggled for years to develop a Dengue vaccine but have failed to create a viable shot so far.

•Source: Al Jazeera and agencies. 

Source News Express

Posted 30/01/2016 05:54:25 AM

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Lagos City Marathon holds today; Buratai, Dalung, Pinnick,...

Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu endorsed as next Ebonyi...

African asylum seekers protest Israel deportation plan

Why I suspended Delta Civil Service recruitment —Okowa...

Director dies of high blood pressure after sack...

CSNAC seeks protection for victimised whistleblowers in FUNAAB...

PDP mulls legal action on seizure of assets...

Do more to help your country, Buhari charges...

Boko Haram: Aka Ikenga lambasts Northern Elders, APC...

28 soldiers killed in ambush

EFCC petitioned over alleged looted N200bn pension funds...

Croatia crushes Russia's 2018 World Cup dream

 

Latest News BREAKING: Sigh of relief as electricity workers suspend nationwide strike Over 60 reportedly killed as terrorists storm military camp U.S. seizes jet allegedly belonging to Nigerian involved in fraud scheme 2023: OBJ romances El-Rufai ECOWAS Court dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s suit against FG Aisha vs. Garba Shehu: PDP lambasts Buhari, declares him incompetent Gunmen kill 2 Nigerian Legion members in Benue 2023: Ohanaeze warns Igbo renegades against defeatist comments Corruption still a serious problem in Nigeria — Survey Fraud trial: Maina’s sister testifies against him in court FG unveils $129m Agric scheme for Niger Delta Makinde signs Anti-Corruption Bill into Law

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (571,324 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (456,398 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (406,309 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (341,361 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (307,686 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (291,979 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (261,223 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (260,270 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (241,695 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (228,242 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (203,924 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (200,323 views)

 

CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (112) Business & Economy (4,620) Business Verdict (89) Columnists (1,156) Complaints & Requests (98) Enterprise & Opportunities (221) Entertainment (718) Features (855) Global Business Monitor (497) ICT Monitor (73) International (4,319) Interview (219) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (178) Maggie's Blog (514) News (55,136) Opinion (1,438) Pidgin (18) Politics (11,876) Religion (1,133) Sports (2,254) Stock Watch (41) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera