The WHO’s Zika Virus Recommendations
Since the World Health Organization‘s Emergency Committee on Zika virus first met on 1 February, substantial new research has strengthened the association between Zika infection and the occurrence of fetal malformations and neurological disorders. Evidence also suggests that sexual transmission of the virus is more common than previously assumed.
Based on these findings the Emergency Committee made Zika virus – new recommendations that include:
- Scaling-up research and development, surveillance, vector control, clinical care, and community engagement;
- Advice for pregnant women not to travel to areas of ongoing Zika virus outbreaks; and
- Advice for pregnant women, whose sexual partners live in or travel to areas with Zika virus outbreaks, to use safe sexual practices or abstain from sex for the duration of their pregnancy (full information for travellers).