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A map showing countries with active local transmission of Zika from the ECDPC updated on Friday shows Thailand with "increasing or widespread transmission".
An ECDPC official said: "While HUS cases are usually observed in children under five years of age, in this outbreak 87 per cent are adults, with a clear predominance of women (68 per cent)."
"This is a good investment," observed Professor Angus Nicoll, Project Coordinator for the pandemic project at ECDPC. He listed the five specific areas that need more work: ensuring coordination between governmental services because "a pandemic will affect the whole of society, not just the health sector;" making plans operational down to the local level so that individual citizens will benefit; ensuring that national plans and actions work well together between and within countries; carrying out research into parameters of flu transmission and the effectiveness of interventions against the virus; and strengthening the response to seasonal influenza.
The EU's role has been decisive, notes the ECDPC, which also welcomes the development of standards in collaboration with the World Health Organisation.
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