WHO says time for Europe to prepare Zika defenses

February 3, 2016 12:15 PM

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WHO says time for Europe to prepare Zika defenses

GENEVA European countries should start preparing now to protect their populations against the Zika virus, which has never been transmitted in Europe but could spread with the onset of spring and summer, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

"Now is the time for countries to prepare themselves to reduce the risk to their populations," WHO's Europe chief Zsuzsanna Jakab said in a statement. "Every European country in which Aedes mosquitos are present can be at risk for the spread of Zika virus disease.

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