WHO Shifts Zika Classification From Emergency To Ongoing Threat
Experts worry the distinction — that the virus is here to stay and should have longterm resources devoted to it — will be lost on many, and could slow research and funding efforts.
Los Angeles Times:
WHO Lifts Zika Emergency, But Prepares For A Long-Term Fight
In a grim milestone, the World Health Organization declared Friday that Zika no longer presents a “public health emergency” and said the virus should now be treated like other established infectious diseases. That means the United Nations health agency will establish a long-term program to fight the virus responsible for thousands of cases of microcephaly and other neurological ailments. (Kaplan, 11/18)