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Zika made a “notifiable disease” in Ireland

3:52 pm

The Zika virus has become a ‘notifiable disease’ in Ireland the Department of Health announced last night.

Minister for Health Simon Harris signed the Infectious Diseases (Amendment) Regulations, 2016, yesterday.

According to the Department information from any notification “is used to investigate cases thus preventing spread of infection and further cases”.

In February the WHO Director-General declared that Zika had become a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

“I would like to emphasise that we take the public health threat of Zika virus disease seriously,” said Minister Harris

“The signing into law of this amendment to […]