WHO Zika Virus, Microcephaly and Guillain-Barré Syndrome Situation Report, 20 January 2017

Report
from World Health Organization
Published on 20 Jan 2017

KEY UPDATES

  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past two weeks: o Angola

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past two weeks: o None

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past two weeks: o None

  • A traveller who returned to France from Angola and presented with clinical symptoms and serological signs compatible with Zika virus was reported in the 15 December 2016 situation report. A second patient in Angola presented with signs and symptoms compatible with Zika virus infection and was confirmed by two positive PCR results at the end of December. Samples were sent to a reference laboratory for sequencing and confirmation. The individual reported no recent travel history.

  • WHO encourages Member States to continue to report similar findings to support the global understanding of Zika virus circulation and associated complications.