Zika virus disease

Progress toward discovery of Zika virus vaccines

23 July 2018 – WHO declared Zika virus and its associated complications a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in February 2016, and catalyzed a call to action of the global research and development community to develop Zika virus vaccines and treatments. Since that time, 45 candidate vaccines have entered the research and development pipeline, and several have progressed to human clinical trials. Promising progress has been made, but many unique challenges lie ahead for this critical area of public health research.

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Zika virus included in the 2018 annual review of the Blueprint list of priority diseases

6-7 February 2018 – WHO convened the 2nd annual review of the Research and Development Blueprint list of priority diseases. Zika was identified as a priority disease in urgent need of accelerated research and development, given its capacity to cause a public health emergency and the absence of efficacious drugs and vaccines. For the purposes of the R&D Blueprint, WHO developed a special tool for determining which diseases and pathogens to prioritize for research and development in public health emergency contexts.


WHO toolkit for the care and support of people affected by complications associated with Zika virus

20 June 2017 – This toolkit incorporates and builds upon the relevant guidelines and supportive documents developed in the past year from WHO and partners as part of the overall global response to Zika. The toolkit is designed to serve as a model guide, with the goal of enhancing country preparedness to Zika virus disease outbreaks.

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Launch of the Global Vector Control Response 2017-2030

May 2017 – WHO developed an integrated strategy to address the growing threats of disease transmitted by mosquitoes and other vectors. The Global Vector Control Response 2017-2030 outlines an approach for enhanced vector control capacity and capability, and a call for increased research to better prevent disease and improve outbreak preparedness and response. At the 2017 World Health Assembly, Member States adopted a resolution to support this strategy and align their national vector control strategies with the plan.


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Zika app

Designed to provide essential information on Zika virus disease for health care workers as well as general public.