The Zika virus could spread to Europe this summer

19 May 2016

Whilst the likelihood of an outbreak is low to moderate according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), areas most at risk are those where Aedes mosquitoes may spread the virus, such as the Black Sea coast of Russia and Georgia and the island of Madeira. Countries with a moderate risk include France, Spain, Italy and Greece, while the risk in the UK is low. 

The WHO is calling on countries to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and to make sure that people - particularly pregnant women - have information on the potential harmful consequences of the disease. The agency says most countries that could be affected are well prepared to pick up any new cases and deal with them quickly - but others must bolster their ability to diagnose the virus.

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