Risk of Zika virus local vector-borne transmission in Europe considered low by ECDC

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29 Nov 2016

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in its update to the rapid risk assessment of 31.10.2016 states that the Zika epidemic remains a significant concern for public health, especially for travelers to infected zones abroad. 

However, it is not expected that this will lead to local vector-borne transmission in the coming months because the seasonal conditions for Zika virus transmission by vectors will become unfavourable (except in Madeira which has the primary vector for Zika – Aedes aegypti). 

Despite concerns, there have been no reported cases of vector-borne autochthonous transmission in Europe to date.

More information at:
http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/press/news/_layouts/forms/News_DispForm.aspx?ID=1501&List=8db7286c-fe2d-476c-9133-18ff4cb1b568&Source=http%3A%2F%2Fecdc%2Eeuropa%2Eeu%2Fen%2Fhealthtopics%2Fzika%5Fvirus%5Finfection%2Fzika%2Doutbreak%2FPages%2FNews%2Easpx 

http://ec.europa.eu/health/zika/index_en.htm 

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