Written question – Outbreak of Zika virus – P-000858/2016

The outbreak of the Zika virus in Central and South America has been described by scientists in the last few days as having ‘explosive pandemic potential’.

Given the global concern over the issue, does the Commission have a strategy in place to ensure that this virus will not enter the EU?

What actions is the EU taking and what assistance is it providing for countries which are impacted by the virus? Has the Commission made an assessment of the potential risks for the EU?