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Omaha woman infected with Zika delivers healthy baby girl

Omaha woman infected with Zika delivers healthy baby girl

Due to nearly a full elimination of recorded Zika cases, Brazil has just announced on Thursday that the virus is no longer an official public health crises.

From January through to mid-April, the health ministry recorded 95 per cent fewer cases than during the same period past year, with the incidence of microcephaly also falling.

Officials recorded 95% fewer cases between January and April than during the same period past year.

The Latin American country called off the emergency 18 months after an unprecedented rise in Zika cases at home, where the outbreak was shown to result in severe birth defects such as microcephaly.

The Guardian reports that during the 2016 Olympics, the threat of the Zika virus was at its peak.

The Zika virus has been linked with causing birth defects in babies.




The World Health Organisation lifted its own worldwide emergency in November 2016.

Brazil had declared a national emergency in November 2015.

Photos of babies with the defect spread panic around the Western Hemisphere and the globe, as the virus was reported in dozens of countries. The outbreak also led to a large-scale mosquito eradication campaign in Brazil.

"The end of the emergency does not mean the end of surveillance or assistance".

The threat of Zika virus outbreak is still significant in the U.S., especially in southern states. The Ministry of Health said those efforts have helped dramatically reduce cases of Zika. Researchers writing in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases found that the Zika virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine - which was developed by a biotechnology company in the business of novel vaccine technology - found that the vaccine was well-tolerated and safe in mice infected with Zika.

The WHO, saying that the virus is "here to stay", urged everyone to keep fighting the battle against the disease.

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