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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 - 9:52
Zika Virus, a Public Health Emergency: WHO
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Mosquito-borne Zika virus is a global public health emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) declares.

Officials attached to WHO at a meeting in Geneva said yesterday (01) that the current outbreak of Zika virus is as critical as it was when Ebola virus was spreading. WHO vowed to tackle Zika by finding treatment through necessary experiments.

The outbreak of the virus has caused a condition known as microcephaly where babies are born with unusually small heads. Babies born in Latin America was affected by this condition. Currently 4000 such cases were reported from Brazil.

WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan has advised pregnant mothers to be on the watch-out for any symptoms connected with Zika. 

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