UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: International EM

Title: Zika Update: It's Here to Stay!

Keywords: Zika, WHO, Public Health Emergency (PubMed Search)

Posted: 11/29/2016 by Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, MPH, PhD (Emailed: 11/30/2016) (Updated: 11/30/2016)
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The World Health Organization announced on November 18th, 2016 that the Zika virus and associated consequences will no longer Public Health Emergency of International Concern. This changes the originally recommendation in February 2016.


However, Zika remains a “significant enduring public health challenge requiring intense action”. The consequences of the disease remains significant, especially for pregnant women and infants.


In early November, the CDC conducted a Clinical Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) call on Zika in the ED: How Emergency Care Staff can Take Action. For more information, see: