Brazil declares end to Zika virus emergency after fall in cases

Brazil declares end to Zika virus emergency after fall in cases

The illness has been linked to birth defects in countries across the globe. State health workers collected and tested more than 20,000 Aedes albopictus mosquitoes in the last mosquito season and none were positive for Zika. Travel advisories were issued against going to the affected places and reports of Zika fever started pouring in from several other countries.

Since the DOH began tracking in January 2016, the department has followed 2,119 reported cases, of which 1,026 tested positive for the mosquito-born virus.

Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, representatives from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), renowned experts and response partners gathered in Lexington this week for the 2017 Kentucky Zika Summit.

Brazil announced the end of its public health emergency on 11 May, which was declared after Zika virus outbreak in the country more than a year ago.

The effort had led to a reduction of new microcephaly cases in Brazil. Because cases have dramatically dropped in recent months, however, officials have finally declared an end to the threat. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.

Two-thirds of the women reported mosquito bites, but only 1 in 10 said they developed any symptoms that might suggest Zika infection.

US states have ramped up efforts to fight Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses as the warmer months approached.

The WHO, saying that the virus is "here to stay", urged everyone to keep fighting the battle against the disease.

"The important thing now is that we don't forget the victims". 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.

The Zika virus trace in human was recorded in 1954 in Nigeria.

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