Risk of Zika in Europe is low

2016-05-18 18:59
An Aedes Aegypti mosquito is photographed on human skin in a lab of the International Training and Medical Research Training Center (CIDEIM) on January 25, 2016, in Cali, Colombia. (Luis Lobayo, AFP)

An Aedes Aegypti mosquito is photographed on human skin in a lab of the International Training and Medical Research Training Center (CIDEIM) on January 25, 2016, in Cali, Colombia. (Luis Lobayo, AFP)

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London - The World Health Organization says the risk of a Zika outbreak across Europe is "low to moderate," in a new risk assessment.

The UN health agency said on Wednesday there is a "high likelihood" the mosquito-borne virus could spread in three European regions with the mosquitoes that carry Zika: Madeira Island in the Atlantic and the Black Sea coastal areas of Georgia and Russia.

WHO declared the spread of Zika to be a global emergency in February and the virus has since been proven to cause severe birth defects, including babies born with abnormally small heads. In adults, it can cause a rare neurological condition that is sometimes fatal or causes temporary paralysis.

There have been more than 400 imported Zika cases in Europe although no local spread has been detected.

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