INTERNATIONAL: Up to four million expected to contract Zika Virus this year

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INTERNATIONAL: Up to four million expected to contract Zika Virus this year
Infant with microcephaly
Infant with microcephaly
Infant with microcephaly

BBC – Three to four million people could be infected with Zika in the Americas this year, the World Health Organization predicts.

Most will not develop symptoms, but the infection has been linked to brain defects in babies.

WHO director general Dr Margaret Chan said Zika had gone “from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions”.

She has set up a Zika “emergency team” after the “explosive” spread of the virus.

It will meet on Monday to decide whether Zika should be treated as a global emergency.

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  1. St Lucians’ environmental hygiene must be radical in the home to avoid the establishment and spread of Zika virus. Radical in behaviour to stop the cultivation of in house varieties of mosquitoes in plant vases and other utensils. Radical to stop outdoor cultivation in water drums that are carelessly left open or poorly covered giving easy access for mosquitoes to flourish. People are too lackadaisical with mosquitoes. They see them as mere irritants to be swatted, yet fail to take preventative action to stop their breeding in the first place.

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