WHO emergency panel to review Zika situation on June 14

  • Reuters, Geneva
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2016 20:46 IST
Health workers get ready to spray insecticide to combat the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmits the Zika virus, under the bleachers of the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, which will be used for the Archery competition in the 2016 summer games. (AP file photo)

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that its emergency panel on the Zika virus will meet on June 14 and review the situation and the latest evidence linking it to neurological disorders.

“Experts from a range of disciplines will present research and other information relevant to the outbreak, including what has been learned so far about microcephaly, other neonatal malformations, and neurological disorders such as Guillain-Barre syndrome,” it said in a statement that did not mention the Rio Olympic Games that start in Brazil on August 5.

The independent experts, who declared the Zika outbreak an international emergency on Feb. 1, will review whether it still warrants that designation and what recommendations might be “added, modified or strengthened”.

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