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


Tuesday, 29 November 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.

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