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WHO admits as possible four million cases of Zika; emergency meeting Monday

Friday, January 29th 2016 - 03:45 UTC
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Marcos Espinal, an infectious disease expert at WHO's Americas office, said: “We can expect 3 to 4 million cases of Zika virus disease.” He gave no time frame. Marcos Espinal, an infectious disease expert at WHO's Americas office, said: “We can expect 3 to 4 million cases of Zika virus disease.” He gave no time frame.
”The level of alarm is extremely high, as of today, cases have been reported in 23 countries and territories in the (Americas) region” revealed Chan ”The level of alarm is extremely high, as of today, cases have been reported in 23 countries and territories in the (Americas) region” revealed Chan
Brazil's Health Ministry said that Zika was linked to a fetal deformation known as microcephaly, in which infants are born with abnormally small heads Brazil's Health Ministry said that Zika was linked to a fetal deformation known as microcephaly, in which infants are born with abnormally small heads

The World Health Organization (WHO) expects the Zika virus, which is spreading through the Americas, to affect between three million and four million people, a disease expert said on Thursday. WHO's director-general said the spread of the mosquito-borne disease had gone from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions.

 Marcos Espinal, an infectious disease expert at the WHO's Americas regional office, said: “We can expect 3 to 4 million cases of Zika virus disease.” He gave no time frame.

There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika, which is a close cousin of dengue and chikungunya and causes mild fever, rash and red eyes. An estimated 80% of people infected have no symptoms, making it difficult for pregnant women to know whether they have been infected.

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said the organization's will convene an emergency committee on Monday to help determine the level of the international response to an outbreak of the virus spreading from Brazil that is believed to be linked to severe birth defects.

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

Brazil's Health Ministry said in November 2015 that Zika was linked to a fetal deformation known as microcephaly, in which infants are born with abnormally small heads

Brazil has reported 3,893 suspected cases of microcephaly, the WHO said last week, more than 30 times more than in any year since 2010 and equivalent to 1-2% of all newborns in the state of Pernambuco, one of the worst-hit areas.

Chan said that while a direct causal relationship between Zika virus infection and birth malformations has not yet been established, it is ”strongly suspected“.

”The possible links, only recently suspected, have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions,” she said.

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  • ChrisR

    “He gave no time frame”

    So cannot be believed.

    4M in a week, a year, a season or ten years?

    What a let down to the world.

    Jan 29th, 2016 - 06:28 pm 0
  • Briton

    Zika virus
    Could this be the one,
    the end of mankind as we know it,

    politician just lie through their teeth pretending there is nothing wrong, until it is to late,
    the WHO says their is a problem,
    only yesterday we were told there was NO danger,

    Question,
    will they now move or stop the Olympics,
    or just let every body bring home their very own medal,Zika...

    Jan 29th, 2016 - 07:24 pm 0
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