A member of the National Health Foundation fumigates against the Aedes aegypti mosquito, vector of the dengue, chikungunya fever and zika viruses, in Gama, 45 km south of Brasilia, on February 17, 2016. AFP PHOTO / EVARISTO SA
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The World Health Organization said Wednesday that $56 million would be needed until June to fund a strategy to combat the Zika virus which has spread to 39 countries and has been linked to birth defects in Brazil.The funds sought, including $25 million for the WHO, would be used to fast-track vaccines, carry out diagnostics and research into how the mosquito-borne virus spreads, as well as virus control, the WHO said.Public health expert Lawrence Gostin said Wednesday the WHO's reaction to the Zika emergency was again "too little, too late".Director-General Margaret Chan will travel to Brazil from Feb. 22-24 to review Zika-related measures supported by WHO and will meet the health minister, a WHO spokeswoman said.
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