World Health Day

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World Health Day is commemorated every year and celebrates the founding of the World Health Organization. Since its establishment in 1950, the event uses this theme to bring attention to current world health issues. This year's focus is the  Zika Virus, a virus transmitted via mosquito's that has a devastating effect on pregnant women, spreading throughout the world rapidly. In short, on this day take some extra steps to care for your health and those you love.

The areas with active mosquito-borne transmission of the Zika virus:

  • Prior to 2015, Zika virus outbreaks occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
  • In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infections in Brazil.
  • Currently, outbreaks are occurring in many countries.
  • Zika virus will continue to spread and it will be difficult to determine how and where the virus will spread over time.

This is a heads up to those travelling to these areas. As far as the U.S: no local mosquito-borne Zika virus disease cases have been reported in US states, but there have been travel-associated cases.

  • With the recent outbreaks, the number of Zika cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States will likely increase.
  • These imported cases could result in local spread of the virus in some areas of the United States. Protect yourself and those you love with this knowledge. As of March 30, 2016,
    • Zika virus disease and Zika virus congenital infection are nationally notifiable conditions.
    • This update from the CDC Arboviral Disease Branch includes provisional data reported to ArboNET for January 1, 2015 – March 30, 2016.

    United States

    • Travel-associated Zika virus disease cases reported: 312
    • Locally acquired vector-borne cases reported: 0
    • Of the 312 cases reported, 27 were pregnant women, 6 were sexually transmitted, and 1 had Guillain-Barré syndrome

    US Territories

    • Travel-associated cases reported: 3
    • Locally acquired cases reported: 349
    • Of the 352 cases reported, 37 were pregnant women and 1 had Guillain-Barré syndrome. Everyone needs to be concerned about the health of themselves and their community. The World Health Organization has been involved in mobilizing many health efforts the world over. Describing what medicines are essential for public health, and which diseases to give a particular focus to. The movement to eradicate smallpox started in 1958, initiated by pressure from Viktor Zhdanov, the Deputy Minister of Health for the then USSR. In 1979, the WHO declared that smallpox had in fact been eradicated, making it the first disease in history to be eliminated by the dedicated efforts of humans.


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