* Updated April 18, 2016, with new findings.
In response to the current Zika virus outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) created a Strategic Response Framework and Joint Operations Plan. The plan contains a summary of the current situation and an outline of WHO’s strategy to address it. This includes:
- Enhancing surveillance of the Zika virus and disorders linked to it, such as microcephaly and possibly Guillain-Barré syndrome
- Improving control of mosquitoes that transmit the virus
- Effectively communicating risks
- Implementing guidance and protection measures for the public
- Offering assistance with medical care if needed
- Fast-tracking research and development of vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics
WHO’s strategies in specific countries or regions will be dependent upon the situation in each country or area.