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Zika virus country classification scheme for the Caribbean territories removed

Zika virus country classification scheme for the Caribbean territories removed
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) has removed its Zika virus country classification scheme for the Caribbean territories.

CARPHA Executive Director Dr. C. James Hospedales explained in a letter that ‘the Zika classification by the WHO was having an adverse impact on the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism industry.’

The classification scheme was initially introduced in the ‘WHO interim guidance on surveillance for Zika Virus infection, microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome”, published on April 7, 2016, and then expanded in the ‘Zika virus country classification scheme’, which was published on March 10, 2017.

Source: CARPHA

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