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Zika To Remain International Public Health Emergency Amid Continued Questions, Disease’s Spread, WHO Says

CIDRAP News: WHO continues Zika emergency amid virus spread, unanswered questions
“The World Health Organization (WHO) announced [Friday] that its Zika emergency committee, which met [Thursday], has recommended keeping the public health emergency in place, as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced $2.4 million in funding to help five of the nation’s most populated cities detect and manage Zika-related birth defects…” (Schnirring, 9/2).

U.N. News Centre: Citing geographic spread, U.N. emergency committee says Zika remains ‘international public health emergency’
“…WHO first declared Zika an international public health emergency in February. Since it was detected in Brazil late last year, the virus has spread through the Americas and the Caribbean to other regions, including Africa, Oceania, and Asia…” (9/2).

Washington Post: Zika virus is spreading and remains global emergency, according to the WHO
“…After convening its expert committee [last] week, the U.N. health experts said that more research needs to be focused on what other factors besides the mosquito-borne virus could be causing severe birth defects, such as microcephaly…” (Sun, 9/2).

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