The World Health Organization said Friday that Zika virus is no longer a world health emergency, but remains “significant enduring public health challenge requiring intense action.” According to the organization, the virus, which is seasonal, and its effects “represent a highly significant long-term problem that must be managed by WHO, States Parties and other partners in a way that other infectious disease threats are managed.” As of Nov. 16, 139 locally transmitted cases of the mosquito-borne virus had been reported in the continental U.S., all of them in Florida. For more information on Zika, which can cause microcephaly and other birth defects in pregnant women, visit and