Zika Virus: the world’s newest global health emergency

The virus has appeared in parts of Africa and Asia before. But Zika’s entry into Latin America – and its suspected links to birth defects – has brought it newfound attention.

By Whitney Eulich, Correspondent February 24, 2016

Mexico City — The World Health Organization this month declared the mosquito-borne virus Zika a global health emergency, saying it could possibly reach 4 million people by the end of 2016. The virus was first detected in Uganda more than fifty years ago, but the suspected links to birth defects in Brazil and neurological disorders across the region have Latin American governments on alert, launching mosquito-eradication campaigns, investigating potential vaccines, and kickstarting studies to try and determine concretely if and how Zika plays into the rise in microcephaly and Guillain-Barré. Read more

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