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[Comment] The French experience of the threat posed by Zika virus

On Feb 1, 2016, a public health emergency of international concern was declared by WHO1 as the possible association between Zika virus and clusters of microcephaly raised international awareness. France was in a unique position to evaluate and respond to the situation for a number of reasons. First, the 2013–14 French Polynesian outbreak was the initial report of neurological and congenital complications in people infected by Zika virus, with an increase in incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome and eight reported cases of neurological congenital malformations.