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WHO declares global health emergency over Zika situation

AFP , Monday 1 Feb 2016
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The World Health Organization on Monday declared that a surge in serious birth defects in South America was "strongly suspected" of being caused by the Zika virus and constituted an international health emergency.

The UN health body said that a causal relationship between the mosquito-borne Zika virus and a surge in cases of microcephaly -- a devastating condition in which a baby is born with an abnormally small head and brain -- was "strongly suspected", and declared the situation a "public health emergency of international concern."

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