UN to Decide if Zika Virus is a Global Health Emergency

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  • The WHO is convening an emergency committee to decide if the Zika virus outbreak should be declared an international health emergency.
  • WHO Director General Dr. Margaret Chan said the virus linked to birth defects and neurological problems was spreading explosively and WHO was deeply concerned about Zika.
  • It should be noted that the last international health emergency was announced over the devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa.