: World to face severe Zika crisis - WHO
Society11:40 Mar. 23, 2016

World to face severe Zika crisis - WHO

The World Health Organization warns about possible public health crisis

The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday there could be a severe worldwide public health crisis if the Zika virus spreads beyond Latin America and the Caribbean.

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"The virus is currently circulating in 38 countries, and territories. On present knowledge, no one can predict whether the virus will spread to other parts of the world, and cause a similar pattern of foetal malformations and neurological disorders", Margaret Chan, World Health Organization Director-General, says.  

"If this pattern is confirmed beyond Latin America and the Caribbean, the world will face a severe public health crisis. Ladies and gentlemen, we need to build the knowledge base quickly, very quickly", Chan adds. 

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