Woman infected with Zika delivers healthy baby girl


The zika virus is no longer considered a public emergency in Brazil after health officials finally declared an end to the epidemic. A ministry statement noted there were 7,911 reported cases in Brazil in 2017's first quarter, compared to 170,535 cases in the same time a year ago.

The health ministry said that from January to April this year there had been 7,911 Zika cases, 95.3 percent down on the same period in 2016 when there were 170,535 cases.

The illness has been linked to birth defects in countries across the globe.

The scare appeared to peak just as Brazil, the center of the outbreak, was preparing for the 2016 Olympics it was hosting.

In November 2016, the World Health Organisation (WHO) lifted its own global health emergency status for Zika. Many would-be travellers cancelled their trips to Zika-infected places as a result.

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"The end of the emergency doesn't mean the end of surveillance or assistance" to affected families, said Adeilson Cavalcante, the secretary for surveillance at Brazil's health ministry.

Zika, first recorded in humans in the 1950s, is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and spread from Uganda through Africa, Asia, the Pacific and onwards to South America. It added that measures taken to control the population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes had proved effective in combating not only Zika but also dengue fever and chikungu├▒a.

The WHO has warned that Zika is "here to stay", even when cases fall off, and that fighting the disease will be an ongoing battle. The virus is most common in some states such as Georgia, Texas, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and MS, where the mosquito is rather prevalent.

The effort had led to a reduction of new microcephaly cases in Brazil.

A Nebraska mom infected with Zika virus delivered a healthy baby girl Tuesday morning.