WHO calls Emergency Committee meeting to revisit Zika virus discussion

Mosquitos remain the most common means of Zika transmission. | Courtesy of Shutterstock

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently brought together the Emergency Committee (EC) to discuss International Health Regulations (IGR) surrounding the Zika virus, in addition to neurological conditions and neonatal malformations. 

This meeting is the second of its kind in five weeks, due to the increase in information about the Zika virus' ability to cause microcephaly and Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS). The Public Health Event of International Concern (PHEIC) has provided advice for the concerns, and the EC's teleconference meeting focused on how these suggestions could be enforced and if anything should be changed.

After the teleconference, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and Emergency Committee Chair David Heymann conducted a briefing that took place in order to inform the media. It can be found on the WHO's public website.

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