Zika virus to spread through EUROPE this summer, warn top health experts

imageZika virus has been linked to severe birth defects in babies Health officials said the risk will be highest on the island of Madeira and the north-eastern coast of the Black Sea as the weather gets warmer. In its first assessment of the threat Zika poses to Europe, the World Health Organisation’s European office said the overall risk was small to moderate. A third of countries in Europe have a “moderate” risk of a Zika outbreak in news that will come as a blow to some holidaymakers, particularly those who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. While the UK is deemed to be “low” risk, global health chiefs have urged the authorities to be prepared. Officials should continue to be alert to detect imported cases early and provide public health advice to travellers. Read Article