The World Health Organization has declared the rise in birth defects linked to the spreading Zika virus a public health emergency. The WHO director-general, Margaret Chan, says, "As a precautionary measure, a coordinated international response is needed." This will pave the way for intensive mosquito control efforts and will expedite the development of a more rigorous diagnostic test and a preventive vaccine.
For the CDC’s Q & A on the Zika virus, go here.
To view areas with Zika, click here.