17 January 2016: Neurological syndrome, congenital malformations, and Zika virus infection – Epidemiological Update

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Given the increase of congenital anomalies, Guillain-­Barré syndrome, and other neurological and autoimmune syndromes in areas where Zika virus is circulating, the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) recommends its Member States establish and maintain the capacity to detect and confirm Zika virus cases, prepare healthcare facilities to respond to a possible increase demand of specialized care for neurological syndromes, as well to strengthen antenatal care. In addition, Member States are urged to continue with their efforts to reduce the presence of mosquito vectors through an effective vector control strategy and communication to the public.