The Zika virus has become a real danger to citizens and is spreading fast. There is currently no treatment or vaccine with which to combat this virus effectively, and prevention and personal protection measures are consequently extremely important.

An immediate action plan is needed to help both the Member States and third countries to combat the epidemic in the worst affected areas. The Commission’s decision to allocate EUR 10 million for research on the Zika virus and efforts to find effective solutions to combat it is to be welcomed.

Nevertheless, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control reports that there is a medium risk of the Zika virus spreading to several European countries as the weather becomes warmer. The countries concerned are Romania, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the Vatican.

What instruments does the Commission have at its disposal to prevent this virus from spreading to European countries?

Have any solutions been identified as a result of the EU-funded research on the Zika virus?