A health worker carries out fumigation as part of preventive measures against the Zika virus.
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The Zika virus linked to a microcephaly outbreak in Latin America could spread to Africa and Asia, and the World Health Organization will set up monitoring sites in the poorest countries with the highest birth rates, it said Tuesday. The WHO Monday declared an international public health emergency due to Zika's link to thousands of recent birth defects in Brazil.Costello said the WHO was drafting guidelines for pregnant women worldwide and rallying experts to work on a definition of microcephaly including a standardized measurement of baby heads.Rapid development of diagnostic tools is essential to curbing the virus, especially as a vaccine may be years away, said Costello, a pediatrician.
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