RT: WHO declares Zika virus global health emergency

Published time: 1 Feb, 2016 18:47Edited time: 1 Feb, 2016 19:55Get short URL

A health worker fumigates a house as residents wait outside during a campaign against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases at Carabayllo district on the outskirts of Lima, Peru February 1, 2016 © Mariana Bazo

“I am now declaring that the recent cluster of microcephaly and other neurological abnormalities reported in Latin America following a similar cluster in French Polynesia in 2014 constitutes a public health emergency of international concern,” WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said on Monday.

The mosquito-borne virus that is believed to have recently caused thousands of birth defects in Brazil requires an international coordinated response, Chan said.

READ MORE: Zika virus: What you need to know about the latest global health scare

However, no restrictions on travel or trade are necessary, she added.

The move, recommended by WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, which brings together experts in epidemiology, public health and infectious diseases from around the world, is aimed at fast-tracking international action and research priorities.

Read more: Zika virus spreading in Europe as 1st person tests positive in Denmark

Last week, the Zika virus was announced to be “spreading explosively,” with the WHO warning that it could infect as many as four million people in the Americas only.

With nearly 4,000 suspected virus-linked cases of infants born with a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development, Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Castro claimed the epidemic was worse than previously believed. In 80 percent of the cases the infected people had no symptoms, Castro told Reuters.

Сases of babies with Zika-linked birth defects have been registered in 24 nations and territories in the Americas, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

Following the WHO’s announcement on Monday, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said they would engage new resources to fight the virus.

CDC, along with the entire US government, is actively involved in the world’s Zika response and working 24/7 to learn more about the virus and protect health,” CDC Director Tom Frieden told Reuters.

READ MORE: Zika virus no pregnancy advice ‘offensive’ – women’s rights activists

The outbreak of the dangerous virus was first reported in December last year, with Brazilian health officials having appealed to women in the country to hold back from getting pregnant. A couple of weeks later, US authorities advised pregnant women to postpone travel plans to Latin America and the Caribbean, as US health officials confirmed that a baby born with brain damage in Hawaii tested positive for Zika. Within a matter of days, the CDC confirmed cases in a number of US states, including Florida, Illinois, New Jersey and Texas.[Looks like they are really in hurry — is time running out for them? ~J]

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7 Responses to RT: WHO declares Zika virus global health emergency

  1. rthunderws says:

    “The other thing that is clearly failing is their ability to create mass panic, fear and loathing, their traditional control tools. Their latest attempt, upgrading a relatively minor illness known as Zika virus into a baby head-shrinking pandemic is so totally fake…Benjamin Fulford 2-1-16

  2. bewareofserco says:

    It’s probably already been mentioned in other articles here, but since the 1940’s, the patent for the Zika virus is owned by……… wait for it……… drum roll……… “ROCKEFELLER”!

    No prizes for a correct guess LOL!

    http://www.lgcstandards-atcc.org/products/all/VR-84.aspx?geo_country=gb#history

    It’s disappointing that RT doesn’t see fit to report this significant information and merely pushes the provocative propaganda and emotive fear-porn for the WHO. They are clearly not interested in giving balanced information to help enable the reader to reach an informed opinion, which makes them no better than the corrupt mainstream whores of the globalist criminals in my book. But then, I’ve always had my doubts about RT anyways!

  3. TONY LANE says:

    yesterday the name of the Swiss lady who blew the whistle on the WHO for covering up the toxic vaccine’s, is Jane Burgermeister, they are now in the process of doing it again, with the Zika Virus, I will say that the WHO is nothing more than a criminal front for BIG pharma, who make huge profits off the deaths of millions of people and over time possibly billions. and MONSANTO are well connected because of the Laboratory tests that they have been doing with mosquito’s for the past three years, their job has exclusively been Bio Hazard Warfare which means Elimination of vast numbers of Humanity by any means, and they are the same people that created AGENT HAIDES and AGENT ORANGE, in VIETNAM, so it should be remembered that MONSANTO are there for the GENOCIDE OF HUMANITY and for no other purpose. so let’s go get them, what say you jean, hugs –TONY

  4. TONY LANE says:

    what I meant to say about yesterday was that I could not remember the name of the Swiss lady who blew the whistle on the WHO’S toxic vaccine’s, well I was wrong she was not Swiss but Austrian and her name is JANE BURGERMEISTER, and the WHO was renamed eight years ago as the WORLD HOMICIDE ORGANISATION.

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