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annisa laksmintari

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Delegation : United Mexican States

Topic Area : The Rise of Zika Virus

Commitee : World Health Organization

It has been 69 years since the first Zika Virus first identified in a monkey deep in the Zika Forest of Uganda. Increased alarm from nations around the world and the declaration of Public Health Emergency of International Concern in early 2016 by the World Health Organization (WHO) is triggered by the rising number of people infected with Zika Virus followed by the rare Guillaine-Barré Syndrome (GBS), babies born with microcephaly, or other congenital malformations, particularly in the Americas. The first indentified case in Mexico was in the November 2015 and since then until February 2016, 93 people were confirmed to be infected with Zika Virus by the laboratory and identified by our National Epidemiological Surveillance System (SINAVE). One of the reason for this high influx is the mild symptoms that leads to unawareness of infection.

United Mexican States concern about the spread of Zika Virus, thus have been taking several actions to contain the spread of the virus. Since the first case of Zika in the Easter Island, Chile in May 2014, our public health authorities have followed up the development of the virus. In the 2014, Mexico designed an Action Plan to prevent infection through several steps. First, through health promotion to prevent mosquito bites and eliminate breeding places of mosquoitos in households. Second, through reproductive health recommendations to strengthen birth control and early detection risk in women of childbearing age and pregnant women. Third, strengthening epidemiological surveillance and diagnosis confirmation by laboratory. Fourth, through management and care of the patient. Fifth, through integrated management of vector and virological monitoring. And lastly, information to the population regarding Zika Virus nationwide situation. Further more, our government also keep on updating map of locations of Zika Cases and prevention steps in regards of preventive travel advisories.

Mexico believe that the Strategic Responsive Framework and Joint Operation Plan that have comprehensively designed by the WHO, would lead us to success of containing the spread and reducing the number of peopl...

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