WHO chief convenes emergency meeting on Zika virus

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The World Health Organisation said it had convened a meeting of an expert committee to determine if the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas constitutes a global health emergency.

WHO Chief, Margaret Chan, said on Thursday, during an interaction with member state representatives in Geneva, that the level of alarm was extremely high.

She said the meeting had become necessary because the disease, which has been tentatively linked to a spike in babies born with malformed heads in Brazil, has spread to 23 countries and territories in the Americas. (dpa/NAN)