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WHO Says That Mosquito-borne Zika virus is ‘spreading explosively’

From January 29th, 2016 Aljazeera Online Article:

The World Health Organization expects infection of up to four million people as agency assesses level of global emergency.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus may infect up to four million people, the World Health Organization said, as the agency convened to decide if the outbreak should be declared an international health emergency.

Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, said in a statement on Thursday that the level of alarm was “extremely high”.

“Last year, the virus was detected in the Americas, where it is now spreading explosively. As of today, cases have been reported in 23 countries and territories in the region,” Chan said.

“Arrival of the virus in some places has been associated with a steep increase in the birth of babies with abnormally small heads and [with] cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome.” The syndrome can cause temporary paralysis.

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