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Zika ‘Spreading Explosively’, up to Four Million Cases Expected: WHO

Published on February 1, 2016 by   ·   2 Comments

The World Health Organization (WHO) expects the Zika virus to affect between three million and four million people, a disease expert said Thursday. WHO will decide Monday if the outbreak should be declared an international health emergency.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the spread of the mosquito-borne diseasespreading through the Americas had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.

Chan said the virus – which has been linked to birth defects and neurological problems – was “spreading explosively.”

Chan told WHO executive board members at a special meeting in Geneva. “As of today, cases have been reported in 23 countries and territories in the (Americas) region.”

The organisation’s will convene an emergency committee on Monday to help determine the level of the international response to the virus spreading from Brazil and to decide whether it should be declared an international health emergency.


Declaring a global emergency is akin to an international SOS signal and usually brings more money and action to address an outbreak. The last such emergency was announced over the 2014 devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa; polio was declared a similar emergency the year before.


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Readers Comments (2)

  1. Shamus Cass Shamus Cass says:

    Lol finally the end of life as we know if, but wait who got kicked off the island in survivor last night !

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