The World Health Organisation has declared a global emergency over the Zika outbreak, declaring it a public health emergency for the entire world.
The WHO also said the virus poses a global public health threat and urged the public to stay informed about the outbreak.
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The declaration was announced by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in a press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland.
Chan said the crisis is the biggest public health crisis since the pandemic of 1918, which killed some 8.6 million people and infected 1.2 million others.
Chan said she is “deeply concerned” by the outbreak and her department is working with countries to “prepare for the consequences of the virus.”
She said the outbreak has left tens of thousands of people without water, food, sanitation, and clean water, and forced the closure of more than 1.5 million public housing units and schools.
“It has created an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and exacerbated the impact of the pandemics that led to World War I and World War II,” Chan said.
“The virus has now crossed the borders of almost half the world’s population and infected almost three times as many people as it did in 1918.”
The global response has been extraordinary,” she said.
Chan urged the world to “rein in” the spread of the disease, and pledged that countries will continue to work with countries and regions to provide the necessary support to people who are infected.
She said the WHO is working to develop “a comprehensive, coordinated, and integrated global response.”
The WHO is also urging countries to limit the number of travelers to the country of their origin to a maximum of 100,000 per calendar year.
Chan also urged the global community to intensify efforts to eliminate the spread and spread of mosquitoes, which are responsible for transmission of the Zika.
The WHO has already launched a $5 billion fund to combat the Zika crisis, with the goal of doubling that amount in the coming months.
The declaration comes as the WHO said Tuesday that there were more than 50 cases of the new virus among people living in Brazil and the United States.
The virus is also found in the Caribbean and the Pacific region.WHO said the most affected countries in the Americas and Africa are the U.S., the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the Dominican republic.
The new virus is believed to be linked to the birth of the world famous “Zika” virus that was discovered in 1947.
It is thought to be caused by a newly discovered strain of the bacterium Yersinia pestis.
It has been found in people who were previously infected with the Zika virus and spread it to others.
The new virus has been detected in at least two people in the U!
and is spread through close contact.WHO also said that the World Food Program is launching a nationwide effort to vaccinate pregnant women against Zika, and will be testing pregnant women who are not currently vaccinated to make sure they are not infected.