World Health Organization
El Salvador


Rania Taufiq

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The Delegation of El Salvador for World Health Organization

Topic: The Rise of Zika Virus

Committee: WHO

As the global society advances in the life aspect of health, it does not halt us from the encounter of dangerous virus specimens such as Zika. Zika virus was first discovered in Uganda in 1947. Everyone, regardless of their health conditions, is susceptible to the virus. The virus transmit through mosquitoes, sexual contact, blood transfusion, laboratory exposure, and from mother to infant. High mobility of travelers could also increase risk of infection in unaffected regions. These factors combined result in the effortless dispersion of Zika. The effect of Zika itself is ominous, recent studies have found correlations of Zika to microcephaly and Guillan-Barre Syndrome. This fact is alarming because (as of 30th June,) there are 56,685 confirmed and 406,755 suspected cases in America alone. Other hundreds con¬¬firmed and thousands suspected cases are also reported across the Africa and Asia regions.

Although with the dire situation at hand, El Salvador recognizes that there has been no resolution produced or major events held by the UN to address this issue. However, we acknowledge the efforts the WHO has been doing by creating Zika strategic response framework, regularly sending reports containing details cases and research progress, and participating in events such as International Zika Summit last April. El Salvador itself is alert of the situation. We have been executing fumigation throughout the nation in order ...

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