WHO Blames Zika on Mosquito Control
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan says individual countries “dropped the ball” on mosquito control in recent decades, leading to the spreading outbreak of Zika virus.
“The possibility that a mosquito bite during pregnancy could be linked to severe brain abnormalities in newborns alarmed the public and astonished scientists,” Cho told the World Health Assembly.
She says that countries stopped doing enough to battle mosquitos after the 1970s, and calls that a “massive policy failure.”
For now, Chan says all WHO can do is offer advice: “Avoid mosquito bites. Delay pregnancy. Do not travel to areas with ongoing transmission.”