WHO to determine ‘global emergency’ declaration over Zika virus

WHO to determine ‘global emergency’ declaration over Zika virus

The World Health Organization has indicated that it will soon decide if it will declare a global emergency over a Zika virus outbreak in South America.

The emergency committee in Geneva will debate over the matter to determine if anglobal health emergency should be declared over the virus. The Zika virus outbreak is beelived to be causing serious birth defects in South American countries. The WHO has said that the mosquito-borne virus is spreading in the Americas and there might be up to four million cases this year.

Global scientists have requested the World Health Organisation (WHO) to take actions to control the Zika virus as it might become an epidemic. They urged the WHO to convene an emergency committee of disease experts to take steps to control the spread of the disease. The disease has affected thousands of people in Brazil and has spread to some 20 countries.President, Dilma Roussef, has urged Latin America to unite in combating the virus.

The WHO is working to ensure that it takes enough steps to control the disease after it admitted that it was slow to respond to the recent Ebola outbreak in Africa.


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