In order to provide urgent solution to the epidemic caused by Zika virus, WAHA is deploying a mobile laboratory on the island of Grenada in the Caribbean. This device enables to perform diagnostics on local populations and monitor the spread of the virus.
Zika virus disease outbreak was reported for the first time in 2007 in the Federated States of Micronesia in the Pacific region and we noticed a resurgence of the virus last October in Brazil and Colombia. Since then, 26 other countries were affected and thus indicating rapid geographic expansion of Zika virus disease. World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the explosive spread of the Zika virus in the Americas and estimates that up to 4 million persons are at risk of been infected in the Americas by next year.
Transmission & Symptoms :
Zika virus disease is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes which become a vector when it bites infected persons or animals. It can cause :
- mild fever, conjunctivitis, skin rash, headache…
- complications of pregnancy including still births, microcephaly, fetal malformations.
- neurological damage in adults (Guillain- Barré syndrome)
There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.
WAHA's Action :
Our objective is to enhance infection prevention in the Caribbean island of Grenada and focused our intervention on pregnant women to ensure the best for the babies. To achieve this, we will inform the population on the risks and the way to prevent mosquito bites and we will engage them in a proactive process to remove breeding sites to avoid epidemic spread. We will also do special actions for women of reproductive age such as a reinforcement of family planning and special care to pregnant women.
On the other hand, in order to provide urgent solution, we are deploying a mobile laboratory called K-LMP Lab on the island, in partnership with K-PLAN. This device enables to perform diagnostics on local populations with rapid outcomes and monitor the spread of the virus.