WHO releases new guidance on zika virus and its complications (25 February 2016)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidance for health workers to assess microcephaly and identify and manage Guillain-Barré syndrome and other issues in relation to Zika virus and the current health emergency.

Key Messages:

The guidance is in the form of technical documents, each addressing a specific aspect:

These are ‘interim recommendations’, and will be valid until August 2016.

The documents released are:

Assessment of infants with microcephaly in the context of zika virus:


Identification and management of Guillain-Barre Syndrome in the context of zika virus:


Breastfeeding in the context of zika virus:


Useful Links:

Link to a WHO question & answer video:

Link to Interim case definitions:





Link to Birth Defects Surveillance Training Facilitator’s Guide:



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