Zika outbreak likely to spread across Americas: WHO

    Zika outbreak likely to spread across Americas: WHO

    Jan 25, California: The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned on Monday that the Zika virus is likely to spread across all of the Americas.

    The infection, which causes symptoms including mild fever, conjunctivitis and headache, has already been found in 21 countries in the Caribbean, North and South America, media reports said.

    Some countries have already advised to delay their pregnancies due to fear of the virus. The virus has been linked to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains. 

    No treatment or vaccine is available so far.

    The virus is native to Africa and was first found to be spreading in the Americas in Brazil in May 2015.

    The lack of any natural immunity in the Americas is thought to be helping the infection to spread rapidly.

    Zika is transmitted by the bite of Aedes mosquitoes, which are found in all countries in the region except Canada and Chile. The biggest concern is the potential impact on babies developing in the womb. There have been around 4,000 cases of mircocephaly - babies born with tiny brains - in Brazil alone since October.

    The Oslo Times


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