Promising Preclinical Results of Zika Virus Vaccine

Lydia Fleming
May 13, 2017

The country has declared an end to the national emergency which began in 2015.


With Zika transmission reported in 23 countries and territories of the Americas as of early February, "the level of alarm is extremely high", said World Health Organization Director-general Margaret Chan, MD, MPH.

The World Health Organization (WHO) lifted its own worldwide emergency in November, even while saying the virus remained a threat.

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The species of mosquito known to carry Zika, the Aedes aegypti, does not live in NY. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.

However, health officials assured that the end of emergency "doesn't mean the end of surveillance or assistance" to the affected families. "Zika is still spreading silently and we are just now approaching mosquito season in the United States, which has the potential of significantly increasing the spread", study leader Bruce Lee, MD, an associate professor in the department of global health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, said in a university news release. This condition causes babies to be born with abnormally small skulls.

Panic over the quick spread of the virus deepened as Brazil prepared to host the Olympics in 2016. The outbreak also led to a large-scale mosquito eradication campaign in Brazil.

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The virus was first discovered in Uganda in 1947.

State health officials warned New Yorkers on Friday to take precautions against Zika virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus, as the weather heats up. Travel advisories were issued against going to the affected places and reports of Zika fever started pouring in from several other countries. The Health Ministry said those efforts have helped to dramatically reduce cases of Zika.

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