U.S. President Barack Obama waits for members of his staff in the Colonnade as he walks to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington January 25, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
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U.S. President Barack Obama has called for faster research on the quick-moving Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitoes and has been linked to a rise in birth defects in Brazil.There have not yet been any cases of local transmission of Zika virus within the United States, although infected travelers have returned to the country after visiting other areas.However, a recent study in The Lancet suggests that Zika virus could reach regions of the United States in which 60 percent of the population lives, or some 200 million Americans.The first documented case of human infection with Zika virus was in 1968, according to the World Health Organization.
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