Brazil lifts zika virus health emergency after sharp decline in cases

Posted May 13, 2017

The state of emergency had been declared in November 2015.

While the mosquito-borne virus didn't post a threat in itself, possible correlations with birth defects caused a serious health alarm.

You can catch the Zika through mosquito bites or by having sexual intercourse with someone who is infected with it. One of the defects, microcephaly, results in babies being born with abnormally small heads.

Brazil has declared an end to its public health emergency over the Zika virus as the number of cases has decreased.

The outbreak came just as Brazil, was preparing to host the 2016 Olympics, fuelling concerns the Games could help spread the virus.

The species of mosquito known to carry Zika, the Aedes aegypti, does not live in NY. A pregnant woman can pass Zika to her fetus during pregnancy or around the time of birth.

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Zika is an infection which can lead to devastating birth defects, but Thursday things couldn't be much better for both Evelyn Suastegui and her new baby, Amy.

Travel warnings issued by governments to cancel trips to affected countries, while revelations Zika could be sexually transmitted heightened concern. Many people infected with Zika virus experience mild or no symptoms, so may not even suspect that they're infected.

But the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that Zika is "here to stay" despite the decline in cases, and that continued efforts are needed to fight the disease.

"We have been stressing the importance of taking preventive measures, like using repellent and wearing appropriate clothing, and wanted to have this event to demonstrate what we have been saying about prevention", added Hoven. Clinical representatives from the Department of Health have met with physicians, pathologists, midwives, hospital administrators, maternal-child health nurses, and medical flight crews to discuss the current state of the Zika virus outbreak in USVI and the potential risk of Zika virus infection to pregnant women and their infants.

Only one out of 185 pregnant women who visited an active Zika area (Honduras) between January and August 2016 was diagnosed with infection.