Brazil's health ministry lifts Zika state of emergency

Brazil's health ministry lifts Zika state of emergency

Brazil on 11 May 2017 declared an end to public health emergency for the Zika virus after about 18 months of fight against this mosquito-borne virus.

Brazil had declared a national emergency in November 2015. No deaths from the Zika virus have been reported in Brazil this year.

In response to the outbreak, Brazil launched a mosquito-eradication campaign which resultantly helped to dramatically reduce cases of Zika.

The BBC have recorded around 95% less cases between this January and April, compared to the same time past year in 2016. She tested positive for the virus and did report mosquito bites, but said she hadn't had any symptoms related to Zika infection.

Zika virus can also spread through sex.

One in 10 pregnant women with Zika infections have babies with Microcephaly, a condition which leads to abnormally small head size.

"You can call our Zika Hotline for any questions regarding Zika prevention or learn more about our free services for pregnant women".

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The species of mosquito known to carry Zika, the Aedes aegypti, does not live in NY.

Zika concerns were magnified by issues that the virus would spread even more via sexual transmission, or having sexual contact with an infected individual.

Cavalcante said that the government agency and its partner organizations will continue implementing their policy of fighting Zika, dengue, as well as chikungunya.

The DOH news release did not specify which island the microcephaly case was on.

The World Health Organization (WHO) lifted its own global health emergency status for Zika last November, but said said it remains a "significant and enduring public health challenge".

"We have been stressing the importance of taking preventive measures, like using repellent and wearing appropriate clothing, and wanted to have this event to demonstrate what we have been saying about prevention", added Hoven.

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