The dreaded Zika virus, which shook the world in the past few months, has already reached as far as Europe and some parts of Latin America.
With this, leading health organizations in the world, including the World Health Organization (WHO), are urging countries that record spike in the number of Zika cases to take proactive action to put an end to the growing global health concern. Recently the WHO has specifically urged European countries where the number of Zika virus cases has ballooned.
In its earlier advisory, WHO’s regional director in Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab, as reported by the BMJ, said that European countries need to take concrete measures to spot this worsening concern. The mosquitoes of the Aedes genus cause the virus, according to the report.
Jakab specifically urged European countries to set up measures to curb the Zika virus-causing mosquitoes, beef up surveillance measures as well as detection of possible cases, and improve research coupled with information dissemination among its citizens.
“Every European country in which Aedes mosquitoes are present can be at risk for the spread of Zika virus disease. A number of travelers infected with Zika have entered Europe, but the disease has not been transmitted further, as the mosquito is still inactive. With the onset of spring and summer, the risk that the Zika virus will spread increases,” Jakab was quoted as saying by the BMJ.
Meanwhile, some athletes who will be playing in this summer’s Olympic in Rio de Janeiro, have expressed concern about the threat that Zika virus brings. A report published by CBC News shows that some athletes are more likely to back out should Olympics be held today.
The report added that while most people infected by the virus show less severe and noticeable symptoms, the virus is said to cause congenital deformities among newborns. This, according to the report, is what makes athletes have second thoughts whether they would continue playing in this year’s Summer Olympics and represent their countries.