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Roberto Bertollini, scientifique en chef à l'OMS : l'Europe est prête à faire face au virus Zika

Le virus Zika, accusé de causer des malformations congénitales, soulève des inquiétudes croissantes en Europe. Mercredi 17 février, les députés de la commission de l'environnement et de la santé publique ont débattu de cette épidémie avec des représentants de l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS). Nous avons rencontré à l'issue de la réunion Roberto Bertollini, scientifique en chef et représentant de l'OMS auprès de l'Union européenne.
 
Ce virus est connu depuis 1947 : comment expliquer qu'aucun vaccin n'ait été développé jusqu'ici ?
 
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Face à Zika : « Mieux écouter les populations concernées »

Depuis quelque temps, on découvre un nouveau virus dans la fumée encore visible de l’épidémie d’Ebola. En métropole, on découvre et apprend donc de ce « nouveau » virus, Zika, qu’il est un arbovirus vectorisé par des moustiques à l’homme et qu’il se propage de manière explosive sur tout le continent américain et les Caraïbes. Pourtant, il n’y a pas si longtemps, en 2013, ce virus a déjà touché les Polynésiens avec une très importante et rapide diffusion de l’épidémie. On redécouvre ici donc cette maladie de là-bas…
 
Entendre les populations touchées.
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Sud-Kivu: 100 cas de choléra enregistré à Uvira, 2 morts

Plus de cent nouveaux cas de choléra, dont deux décès, ont été enregistrés dans la zone de santé d’Uvira (Sud-Kivu) depuis le mois de janvier dernier.
 
Selon le chargé de communication de cette zone de santé, Jaime Saidi, les deux personnes sont mortes à cause d’un transfert tardif au centre de traitement.
 
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Can Scientists Prove Zika Virus Causing Birth Defects?

Scientists suspect an outbreak of the Zika virus is behind a surge in a rare birth defect in Brazil. But how are they going to prove it?
 
Authorities in the South American country were quick to make the link last fall. The health minister last week said he was “absolutely sure” that the mosquito-borne virus is a cause.
 
But others aren't so certain. While the evidence has been mounting, so far it is circumstantial.
 
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Zika virus: Policy implications and practical considerations

The ongoing issues related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the Zika  virus are still emerging, however the policy implications have certainly taken shape. The President’s recent budget includes an $1.8 billion request from Congress to respond to the Zika virus, which is a mosquito-borne illness discovered in Uganda in 1947 but has since spread across Asia and to the Americas.
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WHO issues $56 million plan to combat Zika virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that $56 million were needed to combat the Zika virus until June, including for the fast-tracking of vaccines, diagnostics and research studies into how it spreads.
 
The funds, including $25 million for the WHO and its regional office, would also be used to control the mosquito-borne virus that has spread to 39 countries, including 34 in the Americas, and has been linked to birth defects in Brazil.
 
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Three lessons from Ebola can help us fight the Zika virus

Hot on the heels of the Ebola outbreak that wreaked havoc in West Africa, the Zika virus — a flu-like illness that normally causes mild symptoms but can be severe — is quickly spreading throughout Latin America. Brazil, which is at the epicenter of the current outbreak, estimates close to 1 million cases.
 
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Polio worker shot as Pakistan holds countrywide vaccination drive

Gunmen shot and wounded a Pakistani polio worker in the eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, the latest in a string of attacks against eradication teams in a country that accounts for more than 70 percent of the world's cases of the virus.
 
More than 100,000 health workers fanned out across Pakistan this week, stepping up a drive to eliminate the polio virus this year from one of its last bastions, despite threats from militants against the vaccination teams.
 
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Polio campaign to target almost 5m children

Striking what they hope will be a death blow against polio, health officials are preparing for a nationwide assault. The Supplementary Polio Immunisation Campaign will take place from February 20 to 22, National Immunisation Day (NID).
 
The campaign will target 4.6 million under-fives, administering both oral polio vaccine and inactivated polio vaccine, says the Department of Public Health.
 
Epidemiology director Dr Than Htun Aung said there was enough vaccine for all, but this was the last time.
 
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WHO sees Zika link proven in weeks as U.S., India lead vaccine race

Suspected links between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, microcephaly in babies and Guillain-Barre syndrome, should be confirmed within weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.
 
A sharp increase in birth defects in Brazil has triggered a global health emergency over the mosquito-borne virus and spurred a race to develop a vaccine and better diagnostic tests.
 
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