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WHO Establishes Zika Response Unit, Warns Africa, Asia Of Outbreak’s Possible Spread

Agence France-Presse: World health officials mobilize on Zika threat
“World health officials mobilized with emergency response plans and funding pleas Tuesday as fears grow that the Zika virus, blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies, could spread globally and threaten the Summer Olympics…” (Smith, 2/2).

BBC News: Why Asia should worry about Zika too
“…The spread of the disease across the Americas is being described as an ‘explosive pandemic’ and now Asia is on alert…” (Rowlatt, 2/2).

Deutsche Welle: Africa urged to be vigilant over Zika virus
“The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Zika virus, responsible for a surge in birth defects in South America, could rapidly spread to Africa. A global response unit has been set up…” (Muvunyi, 2/2).

Reuters: Africa, Asia vulnerable to spread of Zika virus: WHO
“The Zika virus linked to a microcephaly outbreak in Latin America could spread to Africa and Asia, with the world’s highest birth rates, the World Health Organization warned as it launched a global response unit against the new emergency…” (Nebehay, 2/2).

U.N. News Centre: Zika virus: U.N. agencies step up response measures following declaration of public health emergency
“…[Antony Costello, the director of maternal, child, and adolescent health at WHO,] also informed reporters that a global response unit has been set up, bringing together all people across WHO in headquarters and in the regions, to prepare a formal response using the lessons learned during the Ebola crisis. Meanwhile, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with governments to mobilize communities to protect themselves from infection…” (2/2).

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