WHO to Hold Emergency Meeting February 1 on Spread of Zika Virus

© AFP 2022 / CHRISTOPHE SIMONMunicipal agents spray anti Zika mosquitos chimical product at the sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on January 26, 2016
Municipal agents spray anti Zika mosquitos chimical product at the sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, on January 26, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The World Health Organization's International Health Regulations Committee will hold an emergency meeting devoted to the spread of the Zika virus on February 1 in Geneva, WHO Director General Margaret Chan said Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Zika virus affects primarily monkeys and humans and is transmitted by daytime-active mosquitos. It can lead to babies being born with microcephaly, which is a case of an underdeveloped brain.

"The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on #ZikaVirus to meet on Mon., 1 Feb 2016 in Geneva #Zika," Chan was quoted as saying on WHO's official Twitter account.

The Zika outbreak originated in Brazil and spread across Latin America, causing several deaths and cases of micro-encephalitis and inflammation of the brain that cause deformities in newborns. The first case of the mosquito-borne virus crossing into Europe from Latin America was confirmed late Tuesday in Denmark.

Last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned pregnant women to avoid traveling to Zika-affected countries in Latin America, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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