ISLAMABAD: World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that there is no danger of Zika virus in Pakistan. Federal Health Ministry and WHO have issued a joint statement allaying fears of the virus’ spread in the country.
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a member of the Flaviviridae virus family and the Flavivirus genus, transmitted by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes, such as A. aegypti.
The virus causes a mild illness known as Zika fever, Zika, or Zika disease in humans. Since the 1950s the virus has been known to occur within a narrow equatorial belt from Africa to Asia.
In 2014, the virus spread eastward across the Pacific Ocean to French Polynesia, then to Easter Island and in 2015 to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America, where the Zika outbreak has reached pandemic levels.
Brazil along with fellow South American countries Venezuela and Colombia have been battling a catastrophic surge in the virus spread in recent weeks.
Neo Monitoring Desk