"The Committee agreed that Zika must now be managed within the World Health Organisation as are other very important infectious diseases and other threats", Dr. David Heymann, chair of the Zika Emergency Committee, said in a news conference.
An Emergency Committee of the WHO which met weekend, said although the mosquito-borne virus is still a chronic problem and huge resources are required to fight its spread in a long-term manner, it no longer represents an emergency defined under the International Health Regulations (IHR). It has spread to more than 60 countries and territories since the current outbreak began in Brazil previous year.
Many people infected with zika virus do not get sick.
World Health Organization has said it will restore emergency status if and when the situation calls for it, and reiterated its warning, issued last January, that pregnant women should avoid travel to areas where Zika continues to be transmitted.
The WHO declared a global public health emergency on February 1st which allowed for increased and more rapid research to be conducted, the statement said.
World Health Organization declared the virus a global emergency in February, compelling countries to report any outbreaks. The formal designation had helped the agency compel countries to report data on Zika cases within their borders.
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"I think the travel advisories still should hold", said Dr. Davidson Hamer, a global public health researcher at Boston University who led the new study.
It was first identified in monkeys in Uganda in 1947. Since 2015, seventy-three countries have been affected by the Zika virus, mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean, and some twenty-three countries have reported Reported cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, potentially related to Zika.
Officials in over half the city's districts have reported cases of the virus.
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infections Disease, is among critics of WHO's decision.
Some travelers to areas with zika will become infected while traveling but will not become sick until they return home and they might not have any symptoms.
The Committee was updated on where Zika is found globally, its natural history, epidemiology, microcephaly and current knowledge on sexual transmission of Zika virus. While the state of Baja California bordering California has not reported local Zika virus transmission, the mosquitoes that transmit the virus are present along the border, public health experts say.