World Health Organization


Ben Halim

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Committee: World Health Organization Country: Canada

Topic A: Rise of Zika Virus

Zika Virus has been around since the 20th century, originating in the Zika forest, Uganda. But, there were no outbreaks of the virus until the year of 2007 where it had spread to the Micronesian islands of Yap. Since then the virus is spreading across the world, creating another outbreak in South America, mainly in Brazil and Colombia. As time goes by the virus also evolves, turning even more dangerous. Reports of Giullain-Barré syndrome, microcephaly to babies born from infected mother, and other anomalies has been reported recently as symptoms of Zika virus. Canada takes the issue of Zika virus vigorously and will do everything it can to prevent more casualties.

Canada itself has people that are infected with the disease. As of 7th July 2016, there are total of 144 individuals infected with Zika virus, 1 of them infected locally through sexual contact while the rest are acquired from travel related infection. Starting from 2011, Canada has been running a surveillance program intended to track the West-Nile virus which indirectly also gathers information of other mosquito-brought viruses, one being the Zika Virus as well. Canada also provides tra...

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