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3rd May 2016
Physician leaders call for more advice on Zika Virus
 
A plea for information on the Zika virus infection to be disseminated widely has come from the World Medical Association.
 
Physician leaders at the WMA's Council meeting in Buenos Aires called for widespread advice to protect women and men who live in or must travel to Zika-affected areas and who are considering becoming parents. Advice should also be made available for pregnant women who may have been directly exposed to the Zika virus or whose partners live in or have travelled to Zika-affected areas.
 
Delegates from 35 national medical associations said it was important that physicians are kept up to date with the latest information on the levels of developmental and other abnormalities associated with the Zika virus.
 
A resolution agreed by the meeting called for the World Health Organisation to work with disease control organisations to better understand the natural history and current epidemiology of the Zika virus and to gather data on the efficacy of different mosquito control methodologies. Work on diagnostic tests, antivirals, and vaccines should continue in order to produce a product that is safe for use in pregnant women.
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IMA representatives attend the 203rd World Medical Association Council meeting held in Buenos Aires, Argentina
 
New Delhi, 02nd May, 2016: The World Medical Association meeting was held in Argentina from April 28 -30 and was attended by more than 100 delegates from 35 national medical associations.

The meeting discussed a number of issues, including the following:

Ethical considerations regarding health databases and biobanks -The meeting considered proposals for a new Declaration on ethical principles for the use of identifiable health data and biological material beyond the individual care of patients. It was agreed to finalise a document for adoption at the WMA’s General Assembly in October.

Female Genital Mutilation - Delegates agreed to revise the Association’s Statement on Female Genital Mutilation to encourage physicians and national medical associations around the world to be more active in campaigning to end the practice. They agreed that revised guidelines should be forwarded to the General Assembly for adoption.

Body searches - A major revision to the WMA Statement on Body Searches on Prisoners was agreed for adoption by the General Assembly. The Statement sets out guidelines for national medical associations, and urges all governments and public officials with responsibility for public safety to recognise that invasive searches are serious assaults on a person's privacy and dignity, and carry some risk of physical and psychological injury.

Other issues discussed included medical tourism, obesity in children, boxing, euthanasia and physician-assisted dying, medical cannabis and the threat of cyber-attacks on health care.

The WMA’s next Council meeting and annual General Assembly will be held in Taipei, Taiwan from Oct 19-22.

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