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World Health Organization declared Zika virus no longer constitutes international emergency
11:32, 19 November 2016
World Health Organization declared Zika virus no longer constitutes international emergency

However, the virus and the related effects are still significant

11:32, 19 November 2016

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that Zika virus and neurological complications no longer constitute international threat. This was reported by Reuters.

"The World Health Organization on Friday declared that Zika no longer constitutes an international emergency, but it stressed a need for a long-term effort to address the virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological complications," the message says.

At the same time, the organization claims that does not diminish the importance of the virus.

Zika is a virus that is spread mostly by mosquitoes. A pregnant mother can pass it to her baby during pregnancy or around the time of birth. It can spread through sexual contact. There have also been reports that the virus has spread through blood transfusions. There have been outbreaks of Zika virus in the United States, Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, parts of the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Related: EurekAlert: New research finds female mosquitoes can transmit Zika virus to their eggs and offspring

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