A Venezuelan health worker fumigates the Valle slum to help control the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Caracas, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/Marco Bello
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The Zika virus is "spreading explosively" in the Americas and the region may see up to 4 million cases of the disease strongly suspected of causing birth defects, the World Health Organization said Thursday. As the number of suspected cases of microcephaly – thought to be linked to the virus – surged in Brazil, WHO head Margaret Chan said an emergency committee would meet Monday to determine whether the Zika outbreak amounts to a global health emergency and how the world should respond.Marcos Espinal, the head of communicable diseases and health analysis at WHO's Americas office, said the region could see between three to four million cases of Zika.That projection applied to the next 12 months and was based largely on historical spread patterns of similar mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever, said Sylvain Aldighieri, a WHO epidemic expert in the Americas.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.
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