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#Zika #situation #report, 20 January 2017 (@WHO, summary)


Title: #Zika #situation #report, 20 January 2017.

Subject: Zika Virus Infection and related complications, bi-monthly global update.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO), full page: (LINK). Summary.

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Zika situation report, 20 January 2017


Zika virus, Microcephaly and Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome: |-- Read the full situation report –|




Key updates

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:
    • Angola
  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
    • None
  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
    • None
  • A traveller who returned to France from Angola and presented with clinical symptoms and serological signs compatible with Zika virus was reported in the 15 December 2016 situation report.
    • A second patient in Angola presented with signs and symptoms compatible with Zika virus infection and was confirmed by two positive PCR results at the end of December.
    • Samples were sent to a reference laboratory for sequencing and confirmation.
    • The individual reported no recent travel history.
  • WHO encourages Member States to continue to report similar findings to support the global understanding of Zika virus circulation and associated complications.



  • Overall, the global risk assessment has not changed.
  • Zika virus continues to spread geographically to areas where competent vectors are present.
  • Although a decline in cases of Zika infection has been reported in some countries, or in some parts of countries, vigilance needs to remain high.


Keywords: WHO; Updates; Worldwide; Zika Virus; Angola.