The mosquito-borne Zika virus will no longer be regarded as an international emergency, the World Health Organization has declared.
But the virus which is linked to birth defects and neurological complications still constitutes a global public health threat.
The global body emphasized on the need for a long-term effort to address the problem.
WHO declared Zika a public health emergency of international concern nine months ago, a label that compels countries to report outbreaks.
The virus has been found in 60 countries since its outbreak was identified last year in Brazil.
The virus is spread mostly by mosquitoes but it could also be sexually transmitted.
The U.N. health agency maintained recommendations including that people exposed to the Zika virus should take preventive measures for six months to avoid sexual transmission.
There have been some 2,300 confirmed cases of babies born with severe birth defect microcephaly or abnormally sized heads.
Few people die from the virus and only one in five sufferers develop symptoms including fever, rash and joint pain.
Afghanistan has reported no Zika cases so far. Nearly two months ago, Asia’s first babies born with Zika-related small heads were reported in Thailand.