What is Zika?
How do you get the disease and what are the symptoms?
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Following its discovery in 1947 until 2007 the Zika virus was regarded as a benign disease, with only 14 documented cases and no hospitalisations or deaths. In 2007 the first serious outbreak occurred, on the Pacific Island of Yap, then in 2015 it erupted in Brazil. By mid-2016 over 60 countries had reported Zika infections and scientists had confirmed a link with serious neurological conditions.
WHO declared Zika a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in February 2016 and issued a Zika Strategic Response Plan to support governments and communities to prevent and manage complications of Zika infection and reduce the socioeconomic effects.
The global response focuses on collaborative effort, relying on governments, NGO’s, researchers and industry to deliver solutions, consisting of education, medical support and innovative mosquito control regimes.
Rentokil operations around the globe are contributing towards this goal.
Information and advice for pregnant women and their partners about the risks from Zika