Editorial: Another kind of Zika public health emergency

A year after WHO declared the Zika virus epidemic a public health emergency, Director-General Margaret Chan has reflected on the rightness of that decision. However, she misses the opportunity to urge and specify international attention, research, and resources for the individuals left devastated by Zika virus.

Microcephaly in infants of people with Zika virus declining in Brazil

The headline in the Washington Post on 7 February was: “The panic is over at Zika’s epicenter. But for many, the struggle has just begun.” However; cases have not disappeared, even though the numbers have fallen, and families are coping with the children who were born, as the article reports with many examples.

As many as 70% of Recife’s inhabitants contracted Zika in 2015 and 2016, according to Pedro Pires, an obstetrician-gynaecologist who specializes in Zika. However, that high rate of infection likely prevented a revival of the epidemic in recent months because most of the population has become immune.

Zika and pregnancy in Brazil: special thematic section

Zika virus and women, by Debora Diniz; The debate on abortion and Zika: lessons from the AIDS epidemic, by Thais Medina Coeli Rochel de Camargo; Women’s reproductive rights and the Zika virus epidemic, Jacqueline Pitanguy; Comment on the paper by Pitanguy, by Florencia Luna; Ensuring a rights-based health sector response to women affected by Zika, by Paige Baum, Anna Fiastro, Shane Kunselman, et al; Comment on the article by Baum et al, by Ana Maria González Vélez; Zika and reproductive justice, by Alexandra Minna Stern

Microcephaly in northeastern Brazil: a review of 16 208 births between 2012 and 2015

Juliana Sousa Soares de Araújo, Cláudio Teixeira Regis, Renata Grigório Silva Gomes, et al Bulletin of the World Health Organization E-pub: 4 February 2016 http://www.who.int/bulletin/online_first/16-170639.pdf?ua=1 Abstract A recent outbreak of microcephaly has been reported from Northeast Brazil. Neither its aetiology, nor its clinical significance has yet been fully established. A complication from an intrauterine infection with the Zika virus (ZIKV) is, thus far, the most explored hypothesis. In Paraíba, one of the nine States within … Continued

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