Zika Virus Infection

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In this space, WiRED's volunteers will provide the latest updates as additional information becomes known about Zika.


Zika training material

Training modules
Press Releases
Zika Backgrounder


Global Health Organizations

Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Zika virus continues to spread

Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Zika information for pregnant women

National Institutes of Health (NIH). Zika virus, emerging health threat
World Health Organization (WHO). Fact sheet


Media Coverage

New York Times. Obama Asks Congress for $1.8 Billion to Combat Zika Virus

World Health Organization (WHO). WHO Director-General summarizes the outcome of the Emergency Committee
Reuters. First U.S. Zika virus transmission reported, attributed to sex


February 2016: WiRED International Launches Health Module on Obstetric Fistula

WiRED International just released an Obstetric Fistula module on this preventable and treatable condition suffered by an estimated two million women living in underserved areas of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Read more »





February 2016: WiRED International Remains Vigilant on Rheumatic Heart Disease

One of the preventable illnesses that WiRED has focused on during the past few years is rheumatic heart disease (RHD), a chronic heart condition that starts with strep throat. According to the World Heart Federation, RHD kills more than 250,000 people every year and affects at least 15.6 million. Read more »



February 2016: WiRED International Recognizes World Cancer Day

February 4 is World Cancer Day. This year’s theme is, “We can. I can.” Read more »



February 2016: World Health Organization Declares Zika Virus a Global Health Emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) raised the mosquito-borne Zika virus crisis to its highest alert level today. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, M.D., made the announcement amid growing concern that Zika causes birth defects such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Read more »



January 2016: WiRED International Releases Zika Module for Community Health Workers as Zika Crisis Grows

Wired International now offers its third Zika module, Zika for community health workers (CHWs). This rapid response module informs CHWs about Zika virus infections and discusses diagnosis, treatment, prevention measures and travel advisories. Read more »



January 2016: WiRED International Releases Family Planning Module

Family planning matters, and lately the issue is related to current news stories about the Zika virus. Because of a possible link between the Zika virus and birth abnormalities, the Associated Press reports that Latin American governments including Brazil and Colombia are asking women to avoid pregnancy, and Salvadoran authorities have advised women not to get pregnant until 2018. Read more »






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