WHO has published a TTP document that describes the preferred and minimal product characteristics for vaccines aimed at protecting against congenital ZIKV syndrome during the ongoing Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), or future emergency situations. Read more
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INTERGROWTH-21st International Standards for Head Circumference
In response to the recent news about the Zika virus, we draw your attention to the International INTERGROWTH-21st Standards for Head Circumference of newborns.Learn more
CONSISE and the Institut Pasteur were asked to draft six standardized research protocols for Zika. Our expertise in rapidly drafting such technical documents, summoning and incorporating technical input have allowed us to support efforts to harmonize epidemiologic and clinical research ... Read more
Spain has recorded the first case in Europe of a baby born with the microcephaly birth defect associated with the Zika virus, Spanish health authorities said on Monday. Though dozens of people in Europe are known to have contracted Zika, ... Read more
Health officials on Friday reported the first baby born in New York City with the Zika-related birth defect known as microcephaly, a condition marked by an abnormally small head and impaired brain development. The virus has caused more than 1,500 ... Read more
U.S. health officials are investigating the mysterious case of a person in Utah who contracted Zika while caring for an elderly man infected with the virus who died last month. Federal and state health officials said on Monday it is ... Read more
A routine investigation by the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) identified a nonpregnant woman in her twenties who reported she had engaged in a single event of condomless vaginal intercourse with a male partner ... Read more
In the time it takes you to read this article, a baby will be delivered in the United States with a birth defect. That’s about 120,000 every year. For the many individuals with severe cases, childhood and beyond becomes a ... Read more
Three more babies have been born in the United States with birth defects likely linked to Zika virus infections, while another lost pregnancy was linked to the virus, according to figures updated by health officials on Thursday. That brings the ... Read more
Drug developer Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc and its partner GeneOne Life Sciences Inc said they had received approval from U.S. regulators to start an early stage human trial testing their Zika vaccine. The early-stage study will enroll 40 healthy subjects and ... Read more
Flowchart for assessing pregnant women with a history of travel during pregnancy to areas with active Zika virus transmission. (PDF link) https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/529998/Zika_testing_algorithm_for_assessing_pregnant_women_with_a_history_of_travel_v6.pdf Read more
The third meeting of the Emergency Committee met regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus. The Committee was asked to consider the potential risks of Zika transmission for mass gatherings, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games scheduled for August ... Read more
Advice for women who are pregnant or planning a baby, who are pregnant and diagnosed with Zika, and for women whose baby is possibly affected. (PDF attached) https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/529993/Health_advice_for_women_returning_from_areas_with_active_Zika_virus_transmission_v3.pdf Read more
New research attempting to calculate the risk of the Zika virus at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro may reassure organizers and many of the more than 500,000 athletes and fans expected to travel to the epicenter of the epidemic. ... Read more
In case there were any lingering doubts, three new studies published May 11 could cement the theory that Zika virus infection in utero causes birth defects. Read more
Alert- Level 2, Practice Enhanced Precautions. The 2016 Summer Olympics will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to August 21, 2016. The Paralympic Games are scheduled for September 7 to September 18, 2016. If you plan ... Read more
A new tool predicts the risk of Zika virus importation and local transmission for 189 countries. Read more
Constância F J Ayres1 recently pointed out that Zika virus has been collected from several mosquito species including those from the genera, Anopheles, Culex, and Mansonia besides Aedes. Moreover, at least ten Aedes species are known to harbour Zika virus. ... Read more
One of Zika's mysteries is how the virus passes from an infected mother, through the placenta, to a developing fetus. The route may not be direct either -- transmission via multiple cell types may be necessary. A new study supports ... Read more
-Most symptoms of Zika virus disease are different from those of seasonal flu -There is no specific repellent that works better against the Aedes mosquito -No evidence that vaccines cause microcephaly in babies -No evidence that pyriproxyfen insecticide causes microcephaly ... Read more
A draft of the interim laboratory algorithm developed by our Zika working group will be posted soon for consideration of use in Zika research studies.
Zika CRFs are currently being revised and reviewed in light of recently updated information and revised case definitions. Please check this page regularly for the most up to date versions of the CRFs.
PAHO have just released their document on their Ethics Guidance on Key Issues raised by the Outbreak. Ethical duties in the domains of health care delivery, public health activity, and research are explained. A Spanish version will be published next week.
The UK National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses have a Ugandan strain of Zika virus available for international research. Virus culture and RNA formats are available. See more information here. They will soon have a strain isolated from Puerto Rico available too.
Updated ISARIC/PREPARE Case Report Forms for Zika Virus (version 5.2) are now available. Updates include changes to ensure that no data field is left blank and implementation of recommendations from colleagues.
We have also finalised the Spanish translations for Version 5.2.
Portuguese and French translations will be available shortly. Please let us know if you have any comments or concerns about these CRFs.
The WHO have created a list of common questions and answers (updated 10 March) with an accompanying video.
WHO statement on the 2nd meeting of IHR Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations
The second meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) regarding clusters of microcephaly cases and other neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika virus was held by teleconference on 8 March 2016, from 13:00 to 16:45 Central European Time.
The Lancet: Zika virus might cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, according to new evidence from French Polynesia
This is the first study providing evidence for Zika virus infection causing Guillain-Barré syndrome. Because Zika virus is spreading rapidly across the Americas, at risk countries need to prepare for adequate intensive care beds capacity to manage patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome. See the article here and an editorial here.
The African Society of Laboratory Medicine weighs in on diagnostic capacity in Africa, and the need for a more readily accessible test for Zika virus.
Because these new reports suggest sexual transmission may be a more likely means of transmission for Zika virus than previously considered, CDC issued a Health Advisory Notice (HAN) today to underscore the importance of adhering to the interim guidance published on February 5.
Thirty-three leading global health bodies including academic journals, NGOs, research funders and institutes, have committed to sharing data and results relevant to the current Zika crisis and future public health emergencies as rapidly and openly as possible.
A review of ZIKV diagnostics was completed yesterday, and has already been published online by the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, as part of their ZIKA OPEN publishing scheme. The review is available here.
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