Friday 12 May 2017

Brazil declares end to Zika emergency

Brazil declares end to Zika emergency

Brazil's government has declared an end to a national emergency over the Zika virus detected late in 2015 before becoming a global concern. Brazil has informed the World Health Organization, citing "the decrease in cases of Zika and microcephaly throughout the country," the health ministry said in a statement. The health ministry said that from January to April this year there had been 7,911 Zika cases, 95.3% down on the same period in 2016 when there were 170,535 cases. In November last year the WHO had lifted its own international health emergency(आपातकालीन) status for Zika, which can cause babies to be born with microcephaly, or abnormally small heads. Brazilian health ministry official Adeilson Cavalcante said "the end of the emergency does not signify the end of being vigilant and providing assistance(सतर्क और सहायता प्रदान करना)." Measures to reduce the number of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which carry the Zika virus, as well as dengue and chikungunya, will remain in place. the Zika scare(डराना) was at its peak before Rio de Janeiro held the 2016 Olympics, with countries around the world reporting an increase in infections.

Those infected typically suffer mild, flu-like symptoms and get better quickly. In rare cases women infected while pregnant can give birth to children with severe defects(गंभीर दोष).

Definitions of microcephaly
abnormal smallness of the head, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development.


Definitions of vigilant सतर्क 

keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.
the burglar was spotted by vigilant neighbors.

synonyms: watchful, observant, attentive, alert, eagle-eyed, hawk-eyed, on the lookout, on one's toes, on the qui vive, wide awake, wakeful, unwinking, on one's guard, cautious, wary, circumspect, heedful, mindful, beady-eyed

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