Experts Discuss Disease Outbreak Preparedness, Zika Response At U.N. Meeting On Global Health Crises

Associated Press: Experts Only Beginning to Grasp the Damage From Zika Virus
“Even though the explosive spread of the Zika virus has been met with a new level of international response, thanks to lessons learned from the Ebola crisis, experts warn they are only beginning to grasp the damage the mosquito-borne virus can do. Doctors speaking at a U.N. meeting on Global Health Crises said Monday that the Zika virus has already affected 60 countries on four continents, and a major outbreak on the Atlantic Ocean island nation of Cape Verde suggests the disease is now poised to enter continental Africa. Zika has already become epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean…” (Astor, 6/20).

U.N. News Centre: Ban underlines progress towards strengthening responses to global health crises
“With the continued increase in the number and gravity of health emergencies globally, the international community must continue to work towards charting a path for how nations and communities can proactively prepare for and respond to such challenges in the future, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized [Monday]. …[T]he secretary general [spoke] at the opening of an informal meeting of the [General] Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York, during which he briefed on his report, Strengthening the global health architecture: implementation of the recommendations of the High-level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises…” (6/20).