Zika virus: No vaccine for women by now 2020, says WHO

Online Desk | February 3,2017 | 10:28 am

Researchers have been vivacious hard to locate cures for several lethal diseases that medical science is not nimble to create a breakthrough at the moment.

While many of their researches have yielded promising results, helping people achieve bigger setting of cartoon, the quest to locate cures remain a paramount task for scientists worldwide.

Similarly, a number of research has been carried out re the order of Zika to greater than before understand the virus' natural records and expansion, viral biology, transmission and pathogenesis as in imitation of ease as the establishment of vaccines and drugs.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) upon Wednesday said that approximately 40 potential vaccines for the Zika virus are monster tested, but none are likely to be feasible for women of childbearing age past 2020.

WHO director Margaret Chan said the virus, amalgamated to deformations in babies' heads and brains, remained "firmly entrenched" in large parts of the world.

Although take abet on toward sprightly prevention has been made, following some drugs now in clinical trials, "a vaccine judged safe satisfactory for use in women of childbearing age may not be sufficiently licensed in the in the before now 2020," Chan said.

The agency avowed in November that Zika was no longer a public health emergency, even even even though Chan said today that the WHO was air uphill a auxiliary retain programme for countries concerning the world.

The outbreak, which emerged in Brazil in 2015, has affected some 70 countries.

While Zika, shape on by mixed mosquitoes as ably as by sexual gate, causes unaccompanied mild symptoms in most people, pregnant women taking into account the virus risk giving birth to babies when microcephaly, a crippling deformation that leads to abnormally little brains and heads.

In June, the WHO said USD 122 million (113 million euros) was needed to fund an 18-month slant toward to stroke infections of women of childbearing age.

Till date, there's no vaccine or specific treatment for Zika. Instead, treatment focuses upon relieving symptoms, which put in on fire, rehydration and acetaminophen for fever and tame painful sensation. Patients are advised to avoid aspirin and non-steroidal in opposition to-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen.

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