Climate change has a notable impact on health and if steps are not taken, more frequent heatwaves and better conditions for diseases will cause more deaths and cost billions of euros, warns EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis.
Researchers from the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) are developing tools to monitor the Zika virus, as it is highly likely that it will reach Southern Europe, according to the group.
Europe's drugs regulator said on Monday (8 February) it had established an expert Zika task force to advise companies working on vaccines and medicines against the virus, which is suspected of causing a spike in birth defects in Brazil.
Joanne Liu, the energetic president of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), says that the response to refugees in Greece is "indecent". She contends that refugees should be offered a "welcome package" when they arrive in Europe.